Tag: defectors

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Pentagon Denies Reports US-Backed Syrian Rebels Defected to Al-Qaeda

Reports from several sources earlier this week claimed that the second wave of seventy “moderate” Syrian rebels trained and equipped by the United States had either surrendered or defected to the local al-Qaeda franchise, the Nusra Front. The Pentagon has cast doubt on these accounts.

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UK Think-Tank: Governments Should Help ISIS Jihadi ‘Defectors’

A U.K.-based terrorism think-tank is urging Western governments to encourage jihadists to defect from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) by helping them resettle and then protect them against reprisals. The British-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence

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Elite French Troops Defect to Join ISIS

French government officials have confirmed to the media that up to ten of its former soldiers “have defected to the Islamic State. Among those defectors is at least one member of an elite fighting unit with advanced training.