On Monday, I reported here at PJ Media that the first 50 graduates of Obama’s U.S.-trained “vetted moderate” Syrian rebel army had left Turkey for Syria two weeks ago — and haven’t been heard from since.
But today comes a new report that a fresh class of U.S.-trained recruits were arrested today upon entering Syria.
18 of American trained-equiped Syrian moderates arrested by Nusra Front after entering Syria today – Turkish http://t.co/EWrz7LHhFX
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) July 29, 2015
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) July 29, 2015
Tanir links to this Turkish Sputnik News report that says Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, arrested the 18 U.S.-trained members of Obama’s “vetted moderate” rebel army for being American agents.
This is just the latest embarrassing episode for Obama’s $500 million anti-ISIS army approved by congressional Republicans back in September.
Despite having spent half of those funds already, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed to Congress earlier this month that only 60 fighters had been trained so far. This amounts to $4 million per fighter.
We know from the McClatchy report earlier this week that 50 members of that first class are MIA. Now 18 members of the next class are in the custody of al-Qaeda.
Anyone want to talk about a JV team?