Last week they were missing. Now they have been found, and it isn’t pretty. Yet no one in the Obama Administration, the State Department, or the mainstream media seems particularly curious as to why it has been so hard to find “moderates” in Syria. This program will continue to waste taxpayer dollars. “US-trained rebels fighting ISIS are failing miserably,” New York Post, July 31, 2015:
Has anyone seen the US-trained rebels who were dispatched from Turkey to battle ISIS in northern Syria?
The Obama administration certainly hasn’t — though it spent $4 million apiece to get these men battle-ready.
In fact, the administration was the last to learn that an al Qaeda affiliate had captured the group’s leader and several of his soldiers right after they entered Syria.
Nadeem al-Hassan is the leader of Division 30, a unit of rebels recruited under Washington’s Train and Equip Program to battle ISIS in Syria. The Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, ambushed him and six of his soldiers Thursday.
Even after Reuters reported the grim news, the State Department and Pentagon denied it. Then Division 30 confirmed the capture and demanded the men’s release.
A Friday attack on Division 30’s headquarters killed another five of its members.
Such are the fruits of a program that aimed to train 5,000 rebels as part of Obama’s strategy of recruiting Syrian boots on the ground to take on the Islamic State.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter admitted last month that only 60 rebels have completed the program — though the Pentagon has used up half Train and Equip’s budget.
And this week’s attacks mean that half the graduates are already either dead, captured or out of action….