U.S.-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra: U.S. military

September 25, 2015 11:39 PM

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U.S.-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra: U.S. military

WASHINGTON Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, the latest blow to a troubled U.S. 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 U.S. Central Command, in a statement.

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