Syria crisis: US-trained rebels give equipment to al-Qaeda affiliate

“A group of US-trained Syrian rebels has handed over their vehicles and ammunition to fighters linked to al-Qaeda, the US military has admitted.”

“It said one rebel unit had surrendered six pick-up trucks and ammunition to the al-Nusra Front this week – apparently to gain safe passage.”

“Congress has approved $500m (£323m) to train and equip about 5,000 rebels to fight against Islamic State militants.”

“But the first 54 graduates were routed by al-Nusra Front, the military said.
Gen Lloyd Austin told US lawmakers last week that only “four or five” US-trained rebels were still fighting.”



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