A Syrian refugee boy carries his younger brother back to their tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front abducted five more rebels believed to have been trained by the United States after raiding areas along the Turkish border in the past 24 hours, a monitoring group said Tuesday.On Friday, Nusra Front said in a statement it had detained a number of Syrian rebels trained by the United States and warned any others they should abandon the program.However, a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that the United States believes that at least five Syrian rebels who were trained by the U.S. military have been captured by the Nusra Front.Details surrounding the capture of the U.S.-trained fighters were still unclear, including the precise timing.Two U.S. defense officials said it took place in the days after Friday's attack by Nusra against some of the U.S.-trained Syrian rebels and the Western-aligned Syrian opposition force they hailed from, known as Division 30 . Davis said the United States remained committed to defending the Syrian fighters, including against the threat from Nusra Front, noting that the U.S. used airstrikes to help repel the attack by suspected Nusra Front fighters Friday.
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