Turkey and the United States have reached a “principle agreement” to provide air support for some Syrian rebel forces, in a move that could signal growing involvement from Washington in the conflict, a Turkish official said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Daily Sabah on Monday that up to 15,000 moderate Syrian opposition forces that are currently being equipped and trained in Turkey would be provided further support in Syria.
“They have to be supported via air. If you do not protect them or provide air support, what is the point?,” Cavusoglu told the newspaper. “There is a principle agreement on providing air support. How it is going to be provided is in the responsibility of the army.”