U.S. Central Command said it was notified Friday afternoon that U.S.-trained Syrian forces deployed to fight the Islamic State surrendered much of its coalition-issued equipment to a suspected Al Qaeda group upon entering Syria.
“…very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines.”
CENTCOM said the equipment was supposedly given to the Al Nusra Front, often referred to as Al Qaeda in Syria, in exchange for safe travel through the area. (???????)
“Today the NSF unit contacted Coalition representatives and informed us that on Sept. 21-22 they gave six pick-up trucks and a portion of their ammunition to a suspected Al Nusra Front intermediary, which equates to roughly 25 percent of their issued equipment,” said Col. Patrick Ryder, U.S. Central Command spokesperson.
He added, “If accurate, the report of NSF members providing equipment to Al Nusra Front is very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines
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