US military: US-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra

By REUTERS
September 26, 2015 03:29

WASHINGTON - Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage, a US military spokesman said on Friday, the latest blow to a troubled US effort to train local partners to fight Islamic State militants.

The rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, to a suspected Nusra intermediary on Sept. 21-22 in exchange for safe passage, said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for US Central Command, in a statement.

"If accurate, the report of NSF members providing equipment to al Nusra Front is very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines," Ryder said, using an acronym for the rebels, called the New Syrian Forces.



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