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    Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow

    By Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous July 19 at 2:52 PM

    President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.

    The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.

    Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.

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    Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    The decision will not affect a separate Pentagon-led effort to work with U.S.-backed Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State. And the CIA-backed rebels were part of the larger moderate opposition.

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    Toward the end of the Obama administration, some officials advocated ending the CIA program, arguing that the rebels would be ineffective without a major escalation in U.S. support. But the program still had the support of a majority of top Obama advisers, who argued that the United States couldn’t abandon its allies on the ground and give up on the moderate opposition because of the damage that it would do to U.S. standing in the region.

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    If true, very good. However I doubt that the CIA takes any orders anymore,
    and especially not those coming from Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadoldgirl View Post
    If true, very good. However I doubt that the CIA takes any orders anymore,
    and especially not those coming from Trump.
    I had the exact same reaction you did and even worse... I think Trump's a dead man walking because he hasn't quite grasped how imperialism works.
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    wolves should eat more beef, while the cow recommends a diet of pork.

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    US is going to stop providing material support to terrorists. This I have to see. They will just reassign them to another theater. Like the navy giving up batmen.
    Last edited by Downwinder; 07-19-2017 at 06:56 PM.

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    Obviously the movie about JFK's fate was not a strong enough warning. However, it better
    not be an obvious assassination, because that could start a civil war.

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    Oh my, whatever will the White Helmets do? Change uniform and go to the next hot spot?
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    The left is often not correct, the right is often not right, and we the people are often wronged.

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    Probably the 1st call he accepted after brain surgery was from Hillary about "that Syria thing" Donald is messing with.


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    My suspicions coincide with yours. After all, the CIA has enough "black bag money" to run a dozen wars.

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