A group of rebel fighters trained by the United States entered Syria this week.
They were captured one hour later.
Local sources: US trained rebels and a leader kidnapped by al-Nusra in (Izaz) twon, northern countryside of Aleppo. pic.twitter.com/E09BAFi6MJ
— Idriss Nassan (@NassanIdriss) July 30, 2015
The US has only trained 60 Syrian fighters to take on ISIS.
ISIS has 20,000 to 30,000 fighters.
The New York Times reported:
The commander of a group of Syrian fighters trained by the United States has been kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, his group said in a statement Thursday.
The commander, Nadeem Hassan, and seven of his fighters were taken by the Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State in Syria, as they were returning from a meeting in Turkey.
A contingent of 54 fighters from Mr. Hassan’s group, known as Division 30, are the only ones who have graduated from a Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria. One the fighters taken with Mr. Hassan was his deputy, Farhan Al-Jasem, who commands the fighters who graduated from the American training program.
A number of other insurgents in Syria said that Mr. Hassan’s men had participated in the American program to train insurgents to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
So Obama created a JV team? https://t.co/7Hf6qxF5Do
— CamEdwards (@CamEdwards) July 30, 2015
— Scott Lucas (@ScottLucas_EA) July 30, 2015