The new British team, according to defence sources, is likely to be based in al-Quweira in south-west Jordan, in camps which were built last year. They will be working, it is believed, with the New Syrian Army (NSA) which has been formed out of defectors from the regime’s armed forces.
SAS units, which have been on the ground inside Syria with NSA fighters, are said to have played a role in the selection of recruits for the new scheme. The Ministry of Defence in London stressed that “ all volunteers from the moderate opposition will be subjected to strict vetting procedures and will receive training in International Humanitarian Law. Trainees will be security and medically screened prior to the start of the training and will be assessed during and monitored after the training.”