Five more US-trained fighters captured by Nusra

Nusra Front captures five more US-trained Syrian fighters part of ‘Division 30’

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A fighter from Syria's Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front holds his group flag in Idlib province, north Syria, on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Five more US-trained Syrian fighters from "Division 30" were captured overnight in the village of Qah, located in Idlib province, by Syria’s affiliated Al Qaeda, Nusra Front, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Tuesday.

"Between Monday and Tuesday, Al-Nusra Front seized at least five rebels from Division 30 in the village of Qah, near the Turkish border," SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Nusra Front stormed a camp for internally displaced Syrians late on Monday evening in Qah, a village located near the northern part of Syria specifically in Idlib province, where the Division 30 fighters had taken refuge.

"Five fighters were seen captured but there may be more," the SOHR reported.

Abdel Rahman said the Nusra Front was “hunting down” the US-backed fighters in both Idlib and neighbouring Aleppo province.

The US military launched the program in May, which aimed at training up to 5,400 fighters a year to combat ISIS, but with many candidates deemed ineligible and others dropping out, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stated that it has fallen far behind plans.

A 54-fighting unit, named "Division 30," was then trained and equipped by the Pentagon, and then ejected into Aleppo province in mid-July as part of US plans to create a moderate fighting faction for the campaign against ISIS.

Despite Nusra's fierce hostility towards their rivals, ISIS militants, the "Division 30" unit soon became one of the main targets of the Al Qaeda affiliated fighting faction in Syria.

The Nusra Front captured eight men in Aleppo province on Wednesday, as stated by the SOHR.

In addition, they launched an assault on Division 30’s headquarters on Friday which accumulated to five fatalities.

TRTWorld and agencies