31 Jul '15, 6pm

Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says it captured US-backed rebels

Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says it captured US-backed rebels

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” The statement, seen below, was released today on one of the group’s official Twitter feeds. It is not clear how many fighters have been supposedly captured, but Al Nusrah says they are part of an American scheme that is opposed to the interests of the Syrian people. Al Qaeda’s branch claims the men entered the war “a few days ago” after “completing the training program” and accuses them of trying to form “the nucleus” of a “national army.” Al Nusrah blasts America’s attempt to bolster the “moderate opposition.” The group alleges further that the fighters were coordinating their efforts with the US-backed coalition, which simultaneously bombed Al Nusrah Front positions, leaving “a number” of jihadists d...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/07/al-qaedas-...

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