A joint US-Turkish military program designed to train and equip Syrian rebels will start in May, Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Tuesday.

The two NATO allies aim to train 5,000 to 10,000 Syrian rebels within a year after the program begins.

While Washington hopes the rebels primarily will fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ankara said the rebels should mainly target the security forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s nemesis. […]