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.
Kelly McEvers is National Public Radio’s bureau chief in Beirut. Since 2011, she has repeatedly traveled into Syria. Her work from the conflict was honored with the 2013 Peabody Award. Previously, she was NPR’s Baghdad bureau chief. She spoke with Syria Deeply about changes in covering the conflict and why Syria is not Iraq. Syria [...]