Al Qaeda-linked fighters have abducted the leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group in north Syria from Division 30, the program trains and equips Syrian fighters to combat the hardline Islamic State group.
The U.S. military launched the program in May to train up to 5,400 fighters a year but many candidates were declared ineligible and others dropped out. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it has fallen far behind plans.
Turkish Military Campaign against Kurds Intensifies Turkey began airstrikes last week, shattering a 2.5-year truce with Kurdish militants who seek autonomy for the Kurdish regions of the country.
Selahattin Demirtas, the HDP leader, also said that Turkey’s recent airstrikes in northern Syria, under the cover of targeting Islamic State militants, were largely meant to prevent the Syrian Kurds to establish a contiguous Kurdish region in northern Syria