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The raw Sunni recruits in crisp camouflage uniforms, popping off rounds at the firing range at a U.S. training camp here, illustrate the dilemma for the U.S. as it seeks to form a strong military force to drive Daesh (ISIS) from its capital, Raqqa.The U.S. could try to build the Sunni army it would want, ideally, to capture Raqqa, a Sunni city. Or it can go with the army it has, which is dominated by the tough, experienced Kurdish fighters from the YPG militia.The Syrian Kurds are ferocious fighters, men and women alike. We met several leaders of the Kurdish women's militia, called the YPJ. Votel says the U.S. has learned from earlier Syrian missteps not to try to build a perfect force, but to work with the allies it has.Col. Ali Hajo, an SDF Arab commander from the northern town of Jarablus, says he's fighting for a nation called Syria.
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