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JUL 04, 2014 - The Guardian

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UK military's secret plan to train Syrian rebels to topple Bashar al-Assad

General Sir David Richards' bid for 100,000-strong force had support from US heavyweights but was shelved as too riskyThe British military drew up a secret plan two years ago to train a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel force aimed at toppling president Bashar Assad.The plan was the brainchild of General Sir David Richards, then chief of staff. The military regularly draws up contingency plans for all kinds of scenarios but this one was considered more seriously than most and widely circulated including to Downing Street and senior US military staff. It was shelved as being too risky. Continue ... Read More

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