US Military Denies Defection of #Syria rebels to #AlNusra ; #Tax Dollars Well Spent?



US military officials on Wednesday denied reports that the latest batch of American-trained Syrian rebels had defected to an Al-Qaeda affiliate.The Pentagon is under intense scrutiny over its “train-and-equip” program in which moderate Syrian rebels are given instruction and weapons to fight Islamic State jihadists in the war-torn country.

Several news and social media reports said the newest batch of about 70 rebels to graduate from the program — who were sent back to Syria last weekend — had defected to Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, then handed over their weapons.

Source: US military denies defection of Syria rebels | GlobalPost