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Troubles with US-trained rebels a familiar problem

Smoke billows in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on June 28, 2015, following a reported mortar attack by Islamic State (IS) groupThe new band of rebel recruits was supposed to prove the United States could train moderate Syrian fighters to defeat the jihadists in the war-ravaged nation. The Pentagon’s startling acknowledgement last week that its latest trained rebels helped Al-Nusra — purportedly in return for safe passage — illustrates the complexities of the Syria conflict. It also highlights America’s checkered record of training locals in other countries.

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