June 19, 2013
French military officials are training rebels fighting to bring down the Assad regime in the current Syrian conflict, according to a report by Army Radio.
The army-run radio station reported that French officers stationed in Jordan and Turkey are currently training the rebels in warfare tactics and weapons usage. Army Radio quoted “experts with access to the information” in their report.
If the information is accurate, this would mean that the French government is the most active Western power working to topple Bashar Assad’s regime. On the diplomatic front, Paris is also working energetically to convene the so-called “Geneva 2” peace summit, though the chances of the summit’s success are slim.