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UK had plan to train and equip 100,000 Syrian rebels: BBC

YANGOON: Britain had planned to train and equip a 100,000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reported on Thursday. The BBC said the secret "extract, equip, train" proposal, put forward two years ago, was the idea of General David Richards, then chief of Britain's defence. A spokesman for the UK Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the article. The secret initiative was considered by Prime Minister David Cameron and the National Security…