The United States will train fighters from the Syrian moderate opposition in Turkey, the Department of Defense said Monday.

According to a report this weekend in the Istanbul-based Hurriyet Daily News, military officials from both countries agreed that the U.S. would begin training and equipping 2,000 Free Syrian Army fighters at a training center in central Turkey in late December.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said he could not confirm the number of Syrian fighters, or the time line, but confirmed a plan had been worked out between Washington and Ankara. […]