The US and its allies have hired contractors to train some Syrian rebel brigades in chemical weapons security, Syria Deeply has exclusively learned from four diplomats, including one US official. The sources asked to remain anonymous, as they deal directly with developments in Syria. The training would mark a higher level of coordination between the US and armed opposition forces, working to secure Syria’s chemical arsenal during a period of political turmoil.
Bloodshed has followed Syrian refugees across the country’s borders, from this month’s bombing in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli that left more than 50 civilians dead, to the Lebanese city of Tripoli, where Sunni–Shiite strife has exploded. And ever-expanding refugee camps are biting away at already limited natural resources. Jordan’s infamous Zaatari refugee camp, [...]