Al-Qaeda Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front, said it held captive members of Syrian Rebels who have been trained by the US Intelligence Agency.
The rebels, who have been detain on Friday in Northern Syria, belong to Division 30; a fighting faction formed, armed and trained by the United States with the aim to fight the notorious Islamic State in Syria.
Al-Nusra Front attacked the Division’s base on Friday, killing 5 rebels and detaining scores. The number of captured members hasn’t been identified yet.
In a statement posted online, the extremist group accused the United States of training ‘moderate opposition’, warning others against taking part of the “American Project’.
In response, the US warplanes carried out several airstrikes against the group’s positions near the northern city of Aleppo.
The United States has allocated $500 million for the Train-And-Equip program with the intention to prepare enough capable fighters to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The program was created to train 3000-5000 volunteers per year for three years. However, less than 60 rebels have actually concluded the program.
Out of the 1500 volunteers who passed the muster, hundreds were sent home due to various problems for being physically unfit or underage; some were disqualified for revealing extremist trends. In fact, few volunteers have shown interest in fighting the Islamic State’s militants, and rather preferred to battle against the Syrian Army and allied forces.