Syrian monitor: 75 US-trained Syrian rebels enter Syria from Turkey to fight ISIS

Residents walk near damaged buildings in Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib, Syria.
Residents walk near damaged buildings in Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib, Syria. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Seventy-five Syrian rebels trained by the United States and its allies to fight Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have entered northern Syria since Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

Mr Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory, said the rebels had crossed into Syria from Turkey with 12 vehicles equipped with machine guns.

A top US general told Congress on Wednesday that only four or five Syrian rebels trained under the programme aimed at fighting ISIS were still fighting in Syria.

The US military began training in May for up to 5,400 fighters a year, in what was seen as a test of President Barack Obama's strategy of having local partners combat ISIS militants and keep US troops off the front lines.