Syrian rebels receiving US military training to battle Islamic State militants are being paid $250 to $400 per month, depending on their skills, performance and leadership position, the Pentagon said on Monday.
It was not immediately clear how many Syrian rebels were currently being paid. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said last week that up to 200 Syrian fighters were undergoing training. A further 1,500 have completed the necessary screening.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in May that Syrian fighters participating in the US-led mission would receive “some compensation,” but he gave no figures.
Navy Commander Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said trainees were each receiving a stipend.
Some 6,000 Syrians have volunteered to participate in the…
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