Pentagon confirms: U.S.-trained rebels handed over weapons to al Qaeda operative in Syria

September 26, 2015 3:44 PM

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The Pentagon admitted Friday that a U.S.-trained rebel commander in Syria has surrendered trucks and ammunition this week to an al Qaeda affiliate.

Military officials, who had denied media reports on the hand-over days earlier, called the disclosure “very concerning” and a violation of guidelines for the American training program for Syrian rebels, The New York Times reported.

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