U.S.-backed rebels give gear to al-Qaeda group in Syria

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U.S.-trained rebels handed over American-supplied vehicles and ammunition to an al-Qaeda linked group shortly after arriving in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday, 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 an Nusra Front “intermediary,” the Pentagon said in a statement.The Nusra Front is an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

The equipment was about one-quarter of what the group had been issued and was turned over the Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage through area controlled by the al-Qaeda affiliate.

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. usatoday.com




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