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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

President Donald Trump's decision to end a CIA program that provided weapons and other supplies to rebels fighting the Syrian regime all but certainly amounts to a death knell for the opposition's cause, those familiar with the program say, and an end to the only publicly known U.S. effort to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

"Psychologically, it's a crushing blow to the Syrian rebels," says a former U.S. special operations commander with current experience in Syria, who, like others who spoke to U.S. News for this story, asked to remain anonymous to discuss sensitive information.

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The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump spiked the five-year-old covert program, which even supporters say failed to achieve its ultimate goal of at least securing a dissident movement in the autocratic Middle East nation, if not precipitating Assad's ouster.

Ultimately, the program spent hundreds of millions of dollars training and dispersing weapons to militia in Syria willing to fight against Assad's regime, according to officials who worked with it. It peaked during its first four years and then gradually tapered off before becoming openly questioned by those carrying out the mission once the rebel stronghold of Aleppo fell last December.

The program, first revealed by The New York Times in June 2012, was born from, and perhaps complicated by a reluctance within the Obama administration to commit the U.S. fully to regime change in Syria in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring movement over concerns of regional chaos. The concern remained even after the U.S. began deploying forces to fight the Islamic State group in Syria after its rise in 2014.

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Seriously, I read this over a month ago, and nobody on this site seems to know that we pulled out of Syria after spending $1 billion training "moderate" rebels, who immediately defected to Al-Quada.

And a bunch of our weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS, too.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-09 05:24 PM | Reply

Trump loves dictators.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-08-09 05:30 PM | Reply

#2 Is that why he's playing kissy-face with Kim?

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-09 05:38 PM | Reply

corr: Trump loves most dictators and hates democracy.
(i love you man!:)

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-08-09 05:51 PM | Reply

Seriously, I read this over a month ago, and nobody on this site seems to know that we pulled out of Syria after spending $1 billion training "moderate" rebels, who immediately defected to Al-Quada.
And a bunch of our weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS, too.

#1 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-08-09 05:24 PM | FLAG:

I quit trying to keep up what country we're blowing up these days. The story is so mangled no average person has a clue what the hell could possibly be going on. Remember Iraq? We had to invade over them weapons of mass destruction. Never to be found. I do not believe anything my government tells me anymore and that's just sad.

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-08-09 06:49 PM | Reply

I can hear Hillary gnashing her teeth in anger from here.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-09 09:23 PM | Reply

I can hear Hillary gnashing her teeth in anger from here.

#6 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-08-09 09:23 PM | FLAG:

Of course you can... but she isn't directing this ----.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-08-09 09:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

pee tapes?

#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-08-10 01:28 AM | Reply

US stops funding terrorism.

Well, first time for everything.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-08-10 07:40 AM | Reply

I do not believe anything my government tells me anymore and that's just sad.

Your govt shouldn't be telling you anything in the first place, you should be talling it.

But the role of govt has been warped by liberals in the last few decades.

#10 | Posted by boaz at 2017-08-11 11:04 AM | Reply

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