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Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated to al-Qaeda

We have of course witnessed this in the past, as Iraqi soldiers trained by the United States simply abandoned the city of Mosul dropped their weapons and fled along with thousands of civilians and handed the city over to ISIS.

So it should come as no surprise when US trained rebels and or so-called “freedom fighters”, drop their weapons raise their hands immediately after entering Syria and become either a part of the al-Qaeda affiliate network or turn tail back to the border, in fact one would think that we should have learned our lesson after the debacle at Mosul, and should have factored that scenario as a contingency, and yet “surprise” we didn’t.

And so when fighters with Division 30 surrendered and handed over “all its weapons” to Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria we were back where we started…nowhere!

The moderate rebel group was the first faction to graduate from a US-led training programmed in Turkey which aims to forge a fighting force on the ground in Syria to fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Even the enemy could not contain themselves from mocking the US trained rebels, a statement on Twitter by a man calling himself Abu Fahd al-Tunisi, a member of al-Qaeda’s local affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, read: "A strong slap for America... the new group from Division 30 that entered yesterday hands over all of its weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra after being granted safe passage”.

He continued; "They handed over a very large amount of ammunition and medium weaponry and a number of pick-ups."

US Central Command confirmed about 70 graduates of the Syria “train and equip” programmed had re-entered Syria with their weapons and equipment and were operating as New Syrian Forces alongside Syrian Kurds, Sunni Arab and other anti-Isil forces.”

However this isn’t the first incident of a US trained fighting force being routed and unable or incapable of fighting back. Last month the militia was attacked after entering Syria their headquarters stormed by Jabhat al-Nusra, and some of their forces kidnapped.

Source: Telegraph

 

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