US Military: US-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra
A spokesman for the United States military confirmed that U.S. trained Syrian rebels gave their equipment to the al-Qaeda supported terror group Al-Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage. The latest blow to a Pentagon program that has been plagued by problems since its inception. The rebels surrendered six pickup trucks and ammunition to a Nusra Front “middle man”, according to a Pentagon statement. The equipment was about one-quarter of what the group had been issued. The allegations, if true, would be “a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines,” Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in the statement.
U.S. Central Command spokesperson Col. Patrick Ryder said that if the report from the New Syrian Forces is accurate, it is “very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines.” Pentagon officials initially denied media reports this week that the U.S.-backed rebels had turned over arms or equipment to the al-Qaeda affiliate. But on Friday they learned some of the allegations were true after U.S. backed rebels acknowledged it. The plan is part of an effort to vet Syrian rebels to form a ground force to combat the Islamic State.
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