Kidnapping of Pentagon-Trained Fighters in Syria Is New Hurdle for U.S. Effort

July 30, 2015 9:45 PM

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Kidnapping of Pentagon-Trained Fighters in Syria Is New Hurdle for U.S. Effort

ANTAKYA, Turkey — A Pentagon program to train moderate Syrian insurgents to fight the Islamic State has been vexed with problems of recruitment, screening, dismissals and desertions that have left only a tiny band of fighters ready to do battle.

This tiny band, 54 in all, suffered perhaps the most destructive problem yet on Thursday: Its leader, deputy and at least five others were abducted in Syria, just inside the border with Turkey where they had been training. The abductions were carried out not by the Islamic State but by the Nusra Fro...

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