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    Photo of Terrorists Brandishing US-Made Weapons ‘Old, Re-Purposed Picture’

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    Pictures that show US-made weapons in the hands of terrorists, which have allegedly been released by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, are old and have been re-purposed by the fighters, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, media reported that Syrian rebels who graduated from the US train-and-equip program had joined the Nusra Front. In addition, pictures began circulating on Twitter, showing the terrorist group brandishing US-made weapons.

    "[W]e have no indication that any of these NSF [New Syria Force] fighters have defected to Al Nusra Front," CENTCOM said in a Twitter message quoting its spokesperson Col. Patrick Ryder. "[I]t was an old picture that was re-purposed."

    On Wednesday, CENTCOM stated that none of the US-trained Syrian opposition fighters defected to support the terrorists, and all weapons issued by the US against the Islamic State remain in their control.

    Approximately 70 participants in the train-and-equip program returned to Syria from a training camp in Turkey over the weekend, according to CENTCOM.


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