UK to continue to train Syrian opposition

British PM says UK to continue to train Syrian opposition until Assad gone

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said the United Kingdom would continue supporting opposition forces in their fight against the regime leader Bashar al Assad until his removal.

Cameron’s remarks came during a Prime Minister’s Questions section in the House of Commons, lower house of the parliament of the UK.

"In Syria, the situation is far, far worse, but we should still continue, with others, with the plan of training the moderate Syrian opposition and trying to bring about a transition, so we get rid of the Assad regime and Assad himself, who is one of the biggest drivers of terror in the region, because of what he has done to his people,” said Cameron during his speech.

"That is the strategy we should pursue, for however long it takes to succeed."

The Assad regime has been often attacking civilian populated opposition-held areas, including air strikes, according to the United Nations and monitoring groups.

On Wednesday, in the latest regime attack, more than 37 people including 10 children were killed in Aleppo province in the north of Syria and in Idlib province in the northwest after regime helicopters dropped at least four explosive-filled barrel bombs, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

An estimated 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011 when the civil war broke out between the opposition and the Assad regime.

The United Nations estimates that at least 220.000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict.


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