The Pentagon confirmed that US warplanes conducted its first airstrikes to support US-trained rebels in Syria.

The airstrikes pounded positions belonging to al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhet Al-Nusra in response to the latter’s latest offensive against the US-allied Division 30 near the northern town of Azaz on the Turkish borders.

Last Saturday, al-Qaeda militants in Syria attacked rebel base, killing and detaining scores.

In the wake of the offensive, Pentagon spokesman Commander Bill Urban said the US will take action to defend the New Syria Force they have trained and equipped.

He warned that the protective airstrikes will target forces that may engage in combat actions against the US-allied Force, including the Syrian Arab Army.

The Congress has approved $500 million for the Train-And-Equip program, aiming to establish a ‘moderate rebel force’ capable enough to change the balance of power against ISIS on the ground.

Less than 60 fighters who have concluded the program sent to northern Syria to battle the Islamic State militants before they were attacked by Jabhet Al-Nusra.

The United States used Turkish military air bases to carry out its first drone missions after both countries agreed on join forces against ISIS and create what has been described as “Islamic State-free zone” in northern Syria

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