The Al-Nusra Front terrorist group inflicted heavy casualties on the US-trained militants, killing and abducting a large number of them in heavy clashes in Northwestern Syria.
Militants of Division 30 who have been recently trained in neighboring Turkey came under the Al-Nusra Front’s attacks, and most of them were killed or abducted by the Al-Nusra Front near the Turkish borders.
Over the past 48 hours, the Al-Nusra Front has kidnapped at least five US-trained militants during overnight raids in Northwestern Syria, reports said.
“From Monday to Tuesday, the al-Nusra Front seized at least five rebels from Division 30 in the village of Qah, near the Turkish border,” the chief of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Last week the al-Nusra Front attacked the same US-trained division, kidnapping the unit’s commander, along with seven members of the Division, according to the observatory.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 230,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.
Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.