Coalition-backed ​Syria commander gave equipment to al Qaeda affiliate

September 26, 2015 12:28 AM

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Coalition-backed ​Syria commander gave equipment to al Qaeda affiliate

WASHINGTON -- A Syrian rebel commander who recently completed a U.S. training program, has told the U.S. military that he surrendered six coalition-provided trucks and ammunition to an intermediary linked to the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.

U.S. Central Command said late Friday that roughly 25 percent of the equipment assigned to that unit was apparently turned over earlier this week in exchange for safe passage within the region. U.S. officials said the Syrians continue to insist that they have not relinquished any actual weapons to t...

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