Rebel fighters from Harakat Hazm (Hazm movement) are briefed before heading towards the frontline in Aleppo's Sheikh Said district June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib
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The fight against ISIS received a jolt of energy when the United States and Turkey sealed a pact to train and arm Syrian rebels.The U.S. Defense Department says it is narrowing down a list of potential fighters to be trained under the $500 million U.S. program aimed at adding a credible ground force to the air bombing campaign already underway against ISIS. Turkish officials, who had initially pegged the start date to March, now say they are aiming for May.Turkish officials say they have yet to hear the U.S. articulate a strategy for how the trained fighters will be deployed – or protected – in Syria. Syrian rebels currently fighting in Syria are also skeptical.When U.S. President Barack Obama announced the U.S. air campaign in Syria in September and U.S. planes hit Nusra targets, Nusra in turn attacked Hazm.
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