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US-trained Syrian rebel group investigating whether officer defected, gave weapons to al-Qaida

  • FILE - In this file image posted on a Twitter account of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, a tank from the Nusra Front fires during their clashes against the Syrian government forces at the western Zahra neighborhood in Aleppo city, Syria. A group of U.S.-trained rebels that recently returned to Syria said Wednesday it has lost contact with one of its officer but is investigating reports that it has defected and handed over his weapons to al-Qaida affiliate in the country. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)

    FILE - In this file image posted on a Twitter account of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, a tank from the Nusra Front fires during their clashes against the Syrian government forces at the western Zahra neighborhood in Aleppo city, Syria. A group of U.S.-trained rebels that recently returned to Syria said Wednesday it has lost contact with one of its officer but is investigating reports that it has defected and handed over his weapons to al-Qaida affiliate in the country. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file image posted on a Twitter account of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on early Tuesday, July 7, 2015, a fighter from the Nusra Front fires a weapon during clashes against the Syrian government forces at the western Zahra neighborhood in Aleppo city, Syria. A group of U.S.-trained rebels that recently returned to Syria said Wednesday it has lost contact with one of its officer but is investigating reports that it has defected and handed over his weapons to al-Qaida affiliate in the country. (Al-Nusra Front via AP, File)

    FILE - In this file image posted on a Twitter account of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on early Tuesday, July 7, 2015, a fighter from the Nusra Front fires a weapon during clashes against the Syrian government forces at the western Zahra neighborhood in Aleppo city, Syria. A group of U.S.-trained rebels that recently returned to Syria said Wednesday it has lost contact with one of its officer but is investigating reports that it has defected and handed over his weapons to al-Qaida affiliate in the country. (Al-Nusra Front via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A group of U.S.-trained rebels that recently returned to Syria says it is investigating reports that one of its members has defected and handed over his weapons to the al-Qaida affiliate in the country.

The reports first circulated on social media after the group of about 70 rebels returned to Syria last week. They were armed and trained by the U.S. in Turkey.

On Wednesday, the group known as Division 30 posted a statement on its Facebook page saying if allegations are true, it will refer the officer in question to a military tribal on charges of treason, but that it has so far been unable to contact him.

The U.S. Central Command confirmed Monday the graduates had re-entered Syria with their weapons and were operating alongside anti-Islamic State forces.