#DOD Admits US-trained #Syrian fighter gave weapons to #Nusra


WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — In another embarrassing setback for one of President Barack Obama’s centerpiece strategies for defeating the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Friday that the commander of U.S.-trained Syrians appears to have turned over his pickup trucks and weapons to al-Qaida militants in exchange for protection within days of re-entering his homeland.

The Pentagon admission represented an abrupt reversal of its position as recently as Wednesday, when American military officials firmly denied social media reports that a U.S.-backed commander had defected to Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, and provided trucks and weapons to the radical Islamic group.

Source: In about-face, DOD says US-trained Syrian fighter gave weapons to Nusra – Middle East – Stripes