Arab media reports disclosed that the US is training militants at an air force base in Arizona to prepare them for impending air strikes on Syria.
Arabic-language media in Lebanon reported that the US, which has been leading a so-called international coalition in conducting airstrikes against ISIL, is training Middle-Eastern terrorists to fly fighter jets.
A report in Al-Mayadeen TV on Friday cited “reliable sources” as saying the US is training pilots “from countries in the Middle-East” to conduct airstrikes in Syria.
The sources added that the training is taking place on the aging British BAC 167 Strikemaster training jet in the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range along the Mexican border in Arizona.
Also cited in the report was the Boeing A-10 Thunderbolt II, a twin-engine aircraft meant for air support and bombing, which it was suggested may be delivered to pilots in the Syrian rebel forces at some later point.
While the identities of the jet fighter trainees has remained confidential, the US has been amassing ties with various entities and terrorist groups in the fight against the Syrian government.
After the US-led coalition against the ISIL declared its creation, Iran lashed out at the western states for pursuing a double-standard policy towards campaign against terrorism in various countries.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri questioned the performance of the US-led anti-ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition, saying that Washington has launched the coalition to topple the Syrian government.
“The US and its allies are manipulating the fight against the ISIL as a tool to topple the legal government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria,” General Jazayeri said on Friday.
He reiterated that Washington has a plan to undermine Syria and the ‘axis of resistance’ through terrorist groups.
General Jazayeri blasted the so-called anti-ISIL coalition led by the US for raiding Syria’s infrastructures under the pretext of attacking terrorists.
NATO heads of state convened in the Welsh city of Newport on 4-5 September and US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers participating in the NATO summit that the US was forming a broad international coalition against the ISIL. Ministers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met in Wales to hammer out a strategy for battling against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc on Syria and Iraq. The NATO members were later joined by a number of Arab countries in a meeting in Paris days later to form the so-called anti-ISIL coalition. But the policy has been questioned by many regional officials and political leaders, who protest that many of the coalition members have and are still rendering all-out arms, financial and logistical support to the ISIL and several other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.