US Plans to Deploy Pentagon-Trained Syrian Rebels, Provide Air Cover

In its ongoing struggle to contain the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Pentagon is about to deploy its second batch of “moderate” US-trained fighters.


Last month, reports surfaced that the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front had captured a large number of the 60 US-trained Syrian fighters sent to combat IS. Their capture highlighted just one of several key problems in the Pentagon’s plan to train so-called “moderate” rebels.

But despite this early failure, Washington is pushing forward with its plan, and will soon send a group of fighters to push IS away from the Turkish border.

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