Revamped Pentagon Program Has Trained Fewer than 100 Syrians

The revamped Pentagon program to train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has produced less than 100 fighters since it was launched nearly six months ago, according to U.S. officials.

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Report: Millions in CIA Weapons for Syrian Rebels Sold on Black Market

Millions of dollars worth of CIA- and Saudi Arabian-supplied weapons destined for Syrian rebels, including “Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades,” have been stolen by Jordanian intelligence officials and sold on the black market, found a joint investigation by the New York Times (NYT) and Al Jazeera, citing unnamed U.S. and Jordanian officials.

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Hezbollah Blames Rebel Shelling for Death of Top Commander in Syria

Lebanon’s Shi’ite Muslim movement Hezbollah said on Saturday its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in Syria by artillery shells fired by Sunni Islamist insurgents near Damascus airport. Hezbollah announced Badreddine’s death on Friday and held a military funeral

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Rebels Shoot Down Second Syrian Jet In A Month

Rebels shot down a second Syrian warplane in less than a month on Tuesday and a monitoring group said they captured its pilot in an area near Aleppo where heavy fighting has erupted in recent days despite a cessation of

A general view shows the wreckage of a government warplane after Al-Nusra front (Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate) reportedly shot it down over the northern Syrian town of Al-Eis on April 5, 2016 and captured one crew member alive, a rebel source and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Rebels Shoot Down Syrian Warplane

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebels shot down a Syrian government warplane over western Syria on Saturday, rebels and a military source said, although there were conflicting accounts on whether it had been brought down by a missile or anti-aircraft guns. The

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Syria Rebels Take Border Crossing From Islamic State

ABC News reports on advances by the Syrian rebels: A Free Syrian Army faction seized control of the Syrian side of a major Syria-Iraq border crossing from the Islamic State group Friday night, as IS fighters engaged government forces in


Obama: We’re ‘Making Progress’ In Fight Against Islamic State

The Washington Examiner reports: President Obama touted progress in the fight against the Islamic State in both Iraq and in Syria on the same day a cease-fire deal with Syrian rebels and the government went into effect. “ISIL is entrenched, including


As Syria’s War Shifts, So Do Rebel Alliances

The Wall Street Journal reports: KHIRBA AL-BAQAR, Syria—In a farmhouse surrounded by wheat fields some 45 miles north of Raqqa, a frustrated rebel commander bides his time, his battle plans on hold as apartial cease-fire in Syria’s five-year war officially

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Top Syrian Rebel Killed in Airstrike Near Damascus

Opposition activists say an airstrike near the capital Damascus has killed top rebel commander Zahran Allouch. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an airstrike hit an Islam Army meeting near the Damascus suburb of Otaya on Friday killing

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Arab-Israeli Paraglider Jumped Border to Join Syrian Terrorists

A 23-year-old Israeli-Arab utilized his paraglider from a high-point in Israel to make his way across the border into Syria, where officials suspect he has joined a terrorist organization that is engaged in holy war in the country, Israeli media censors cleared for publication over the weekend.


Syrian Arab Fighters Complain Kurds Have Taken U.S. Ammo

A dispute has arisen in Syria over the disposition of a fifty-ton ammunition shipment from the United States, supposedly intended for Syrian Arab rebel groups. The munitions were instead taken by the Kurdish YPG militia, according to both Arab and Kurdish commanders, although the Pentagon officially insists the shipment reached its intended recipients.