End of CIA Program for Syrian Rebels Means ‘Assad-Must-Go’ No Longer US Priority

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The decision of US President Donald Trump to end CIA’s arm-and-train program for the moderate Syrian opposition signals that ousting Syria’s President Bashar Assad is no longer a priority for Washington, the private intelligence firm Soufan Group said in a report on Thursday.

By Sputnik International

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, The Washington Post newspaper reported, citing US officials, that US President Donald Trump had made a decision to end the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and train the moderate Syrian opposition.

According to the media outlet, the decision was made about a month ago after Trump’s meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster and before the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at G20 summit.

“The decision reflects the Trump administration’s stance that the removal of Assad is not a US priority,” the report stated.

The intelligence firm noted that the training program was ineffective and problematic since its launch.

The CIA reportedly maintained its program to provide weapons to Syrian opposition fighters since 2012.

US Congresswoman and military veteran Tulsi Gabbard said in December that the CIA was arming Syrian rebels in an effort to overthrow the Assad government.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a press briefing on Wednesday that she cannot confirm the news of ending the program “at this time.”

A CIA spokesperson told Sputnik that the agency declines to comment on the reports.

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1 Comment

  1. Raymond Comeau on

    If the closing down of the project to fund the ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria is true, then that is great and should generate kudos to President Trump.

    Now the next step should be to close what should used to be called SOA ( The School of The Americas) where by the USA trains Latin American Troop leaders to go back and train their troops the latest techniques of war. The school is now recognized as WHINSEC ( Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation ). It was a graduate of SOA who led the capture and murder of CHE Guavara .

    The graduates go back to Latin America. , and become leaders who USA use to carry out coups of Latin American countries, whose resources the USDA wants OR, countries that the USA believe gives them an advantage in their imperialist wars to rule the world.

    Good on Trump. It is one great thing he has done to carry out the promise to stop the USA’s endless wars. That is the only way he will get re-elected ( or of course assassinated by the Deep State) !

    Thank You for the great News Event Chronicle !