Syrian rebels, that participated in the U.S. training program in Turkey, surrendered their vehicles and ammunition to al-Qaeda-linked militants for the safe passage, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.
Several Syrian rebels that participated in the U.S. training program in Turkey surrendered six pick-ups, some equipment and ammunition to fighters of al-Nusra (al-Qaeda affiliate) in exchange for the safe passage on September 21-22.
Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command said to the edition, that U.S. Central Command, which oversees the U.S. military operations in the Middle East, was told of the equipment surrender around 1 p.m. on Friday.
The fact of the transfer of military equipment and ammunition is very concerning and means the violation of the train-and-equip program guidelines. This program, which conducts military training for the rebel armies of Syria is aimed to prepare and teach the local partners to fight Islamic State militants. According to the US military 400 trainers and instructors of the US Army are involved. The Pentagon said 70 already trained soldiers return home to Syria for combat operations. But now the program may be reviewed that could result in reduction of the program.
Earlier we reported that Russia, Syria and Iran set in Baghdad a coordination cell to cooperate with Shia militias in fighting against ISIS.