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Syria

Nusra steals weapons off US-backed Syrian rebel group

By Rudaw 13/3/2016
Jabhat al-Nusra militants in Syria. Photo: AFP
Jabhat al-Nusra militants in Syria. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Al-Qaeda's Syrian-based affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra once again targeted a US-backed opposition group in Syria and stole their weapons, which included US-made anti-tank missiles.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group, Rami Abdulrahman, told Reuters on Sunday that Nusra fought the US backed 13th Division rebel group in the country's northwest, detained scores of them and stole their weapons.

The 13th Division is one of the few opposition groups in Syria to have been directly supplied US-made weaponry (the other notable one would be the Free Syrian Army-affiliated Southern Front whose members have received US training in Jordan and have also been given weapons), including TOW anti-tank missiles which Nusra has reportedly stolen.

It fights under the flag of the Free Syrian Army which is considered one of the more moderate groups arrayed against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It admitted on its Twitter page that Nusra had attacked their bases and stolen their weapons but did not elaborate or provide specific details.

Nusra has fought alongside other armed groups against the regime (including the Jaish al-Fatah group which successfully conquered most of Idlib last year) but has also fought other anti-Assad groups in order to seize more territory for itself.

While a ceasefire has been in place in Syria since February 27 it hasn't included Nusra nor Islamic State. 

Comments

 
Kawa | 13/3/2016
Steal? Lol you know these Muslims share.
jon | 13/3/2016
more like given to
American | 14/3/2016
Okay enough with this donate a gun charity, We need at least 10,000 boots on the ground in Syrian spread out in Southern Syria, and Northern, and Northeastern Syria, and mop out Al-Nusra, ISIS, and other Radical Jihadist Opposition, and unite all opposition groups under the banner New Army of Syria or United Syrian Front none of this Division 13/YPG/FSA/Al-Sanadid/5 guys: Bullets and Fries shit I don't care about what so and so did to me 5 years ago I don't give a damn!. They ideology is simple a Secular, Democracy (Islamic Democracy infringes on non-Muslim minorities such as Christians and Druzes freedoms), No Kurdish-Autonomy you have a State/Province with representatives that can represent you all in Parliament and have your own State legislators, and police force and military will be required to be descents from said provinces to decrease bigotry, and yes Minorites can own firearms and form their own militias if they feel threatened. And no Sharia Law, discriminatory taxes, Mosque and State fusion, and damn sure NO CALIFIATES (iSIS, AND Al-Nusra) that shit is out of date, and will only lead to more violence and another Syrian Revolution. All Syrian groups will have to accept these rules and join this Army (And yes we will accept negotiations for differing opinions, but everybody must agree to them) If anybody refuses this offer and ideology than they will be counted as terrorist affiliates and will be eliminated. That is what I would be doing right now if I were President.
Mohamed Al Horufi | 14/3/2016
What is the point of giving weapons to these people? If they occupy a building, the building will be destroyed by Russian aviation. If are really successful and they manage to occupy a town, the whole town will be destroyed. And most likely they will just roll over and hand all of their weapons to Al Qaeda or ISIS who will use them to terrorise the local population and then both the USA and Russia will bomb the whole town together until there is nothing left, forcing everyone to emmigrate to Europe.
Biji Kurdistan | 14/3/2016
What a surprise, the rebels lost AGAIN and now more American weapons are in the hands of al-Qaeda. When is Obama and his foolish generals going to realize that the Kurds are the only force that won't bend to the will of the Jihadi horde? What an embarrassing start to their stupid plan of supporting more "rebel groups"...
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