Former Syrian rebel officer Maj. Anas Ibrahim Obaid told Fox News in an interview published on Wednesday that weapons, ammunition, and other military equipment sent to “moderate” rebel forces in Syria were given to al-Qaeda terrorists instead.
Obaid, who fought on the battlefields of Syria under the name “Abu Zayd,” was involved in the final humiliating collapse of the Obama administration’s $500 million program to train and equip a white-hat force of “moderate” rebels who were supposed to forget about rebelling against dictator Bashar Assad and fight the Islamic State and al-Qaeda instead.
They did not get far, as Zayd reports defections began immediately.
U.S. Central Command reported hearing a story in September 2015 identical to the one told by Zayd and said it would be “very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines” if accurate.
Fox News quoted a number of other Syrian opposition fighters who told similar stories about American military equipment falling into the clutches of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.