Donald Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm "Moderate" Syrian Rebels

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Via Disobedient Media

President Donald Trump has elected to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebels fighting against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria according to U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington PostThe 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. Preceding the CIA program was a Pentagon-led effort which was criticized by Foreign Policy for costing $500 million without yielding tangible results.

Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia after Trump's July 7 meeting with Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. It may also signal an lack of ability as well as desire by Washington to take steps to remove Assad from power in Syria. Officials told the Washington Post that 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.

After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia announced an agreement to back a new cease-fire in southwest Syria, along the Jordanian border, where many of the CIA-backed rebels have long operated. Trump described the limited cease-fire deal as one of the benefits of a constructive working relationship with Moscow. The ending of the CIA program was not a condition of the cease-fire negotiations according to officials.

The "moderate" Syrian rebel groups operating in Syria have long been criticized for their close ties to jihadist groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra. In 2015, Western media finally admitted that there were no longer any “moderate” rebel groups operating in Syria. In January 2017, Representative Tusli Gabbard returned from a visit to Syria to confirm these reports, as well as to reveal that U.S. support was effectively delivering arms to jihadist groups such as al-Nusra, al-Qaida, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIS who are operating inside Syria. The Guardian has also reported that even the "anti-ISIS" force attempting to seize the group's regional capital in Raqqa, Syria is mainly comprised of mercenaries who have and will fight for jihadist groups if the price is right.

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JailBanksters's picture

Telling Jews, Fake Jews AKA the CIA, what to do ... just signed your own death warrant.


Thom Paine's picture

Spending money in trying to oust Assad (Russian base from Syria) is pissing money down the drain.

Russia will never leave there, and the only result could be increasing Iranian activity in the ME and China joining Russia in Syria.


That $500m would have been nicer spent on the American people, but the MIC don't give a fuck about the USA.

 Preceding the CIA program was a Pentagon-led effort which was criticized by Foreign Policy for costing $500 million without yielding tangible results.


kalboking's picture

This fake news. Cia owns Chump . Is that why Turkey just leaked 10 us military bases in Syria? Trump is neocon clintonite

kalboking's picture

This fake news. Cia owns Chump . Is that why Turkey just leaked 10 us military bases in Syria? Trump is neocon clintonite

Grumpy6's picture

This attempt at a "moderate" Syrian resistance was actually one of Obamas boobytraps that he left for President Trump.  Obama started the resistance project years after his National Security team suggested it might be able to put pressure on Assad.  The optimum time for this operation was three years ago, not after ISIS and the An Nusra Front (al Qaida) had hijacked the resistance against Assad. But Obama wanted to leave it in place to entangle President Trump in a Syrian quagmire.    According to some of the American SF guys who were working with the "moderate" resistance,  there was damn little that was moderate about these moderate Syrian resistance guys  --  our guys were afraid that they were training and supporting the next generation of bin Ladens and Jihadis.  Once the Russians joined the Iranians in the effort to keep Assad in power, the jig was up.  President Trump cut short Obamas high-risk/low pay-off strategy, showing that he does listen to his advisors (like H.R. McMasters and CIA Director) and can make sound decisions.  Good job, Mr. President.

silverer's picture

One good deed on the list accomplished. 150 more to go.

Newspeaktogo's picture

Feeling much better about Trump...if it's true. Feeling much better about McCain too.

DEMIZEN's picture

the word is that FSA aligned with turks and snubbed the aid.

Trifecta Man's picture

You can tell you were being lied to when we started supporting "Moderate Syrian Rebels"  There is no such thing as a moderate rebel with a gun in their hand.

deoxy's picture

Can you spell J-F-K?

micksavage2010's picture

who'd a thunk he had a brain much less tumor?

Mr.Kowalski's picture

McCain has brain cancer and Trump stops arming jihadis. All in all it's been one fine day. 

deoxy's picture

I don't know how but I think those two things are related. My point will be proved when Brennan, Clapper, Obama and Hillary get brain cancer too. It may take a while but one may just be not yet diagnosed. 

Duc888's picture



This is ummmmmmmmm rather YUUUUUUUGE.


Thank you very much President Trump.  Thank you.

FoggyWorld's picture

Maybe now someone will tell us what the CIA had in that Benghazi Annex down the road from the temporary "embassy" where four people died.

Trifecta Man's picture

Money for Hillary and the chicks for free.

Duc888's picture



Stingers / Manpads.

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Kudos Trump. That was yuuuuge! His international image just skyrocketed.

Fuck Obama and CIA. Putin saved Syria. Trump was a man about the whole deal.

Wonder why the cruise missiles, though. Must have been just before he found out.

On McCain, good things come in small glioblastomas, I suppose.

Shhh, don't tell him about antineoplastons.

TechnicalFundamentalist's picture

It hindsight is's proving a massive symbolic show of force; and indication to enforce lines in the sand, with absoultely zero damage done to the Assad regime. Combined with the latest move the tactics from this admin in Syria have been phenomenally effective. 

Goldennutz's picture

He's going to be 81 next month. Time to go anyway.


Happy Birthday Johnny.

silverer's picture

Theeeeeerrree goes Johnny!

Hail Spode's picture

Trump to spooks running this program: "You're fired!"

All Risk No Reward's picture

Why do we believe Trump with religious zeal when he lied about prosecuting Hillary for her crimes elucidated by the head of the FBI on national tell-lie-vision?

Obamabots believed Obama at his word and ya'll knew they were complete idiots.


Trifecta Man's picture

I think they are trying to gather as much evidence as possible first.

All Risk No Reward's picture

>>I think they are trying to gather as much evidence as possible first.<<

Trifecta, you think wrong. It's a Big Club, and you and I ain't in it.

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FoggyWorld's picture

Go to Drudge where he has a link to a story about what things were and were not done about Hillary and her friends.  

Sessions is either the dumbestt guy on the planet or the sneakiest.  

Hopefully things will finally get moving.


All Risk No Reward's picture

Sessions isn't dumb when it comes to increasing civil asset seizures (not at the big banks that launder $100s of billions, though) and shutting down websites that operate outside the norm.

All Risk No Reward's picture

And even he did do that, it just tells me his Debt-Money Monopolist Overlords have Plan B up their sleeve... like maybe a false flag blamed on Syria that murders a bunch of Americans... and the fact the storyline is IMPOSSIBLE won't matter then, either...

What a Gravity Driven Demolition Looks Like

BTW, that video is ABSOLUTE PROOF beyond any and all doubt.

It is so compelling, I've yet to hear any alt-news, including Alex Jones, pick it up. Controversy is good for ratings and also good for one's health.

Karl Denninger was presented with this video, offered zero rebuttal to it, and then banned my e-mail so I couldn't reply and point out the fact he didn't address the data and the logic that irrefutably proves the top of the buildings did not crush the bottom of the building BECAUSE THE TOP OF THE BUILDING NEVER HIT THE LOWER SECTION OF THE BUILDING!

Denninger wasn't about to touch this TRUTH with someone else's 10' pole.

But the truth is the truth, irrelevant of anyone's delusion and/or fantasy land.

Duc888's picture



Karl banned me when I "suggested" that ....mmmmaaayyyyybbbeeeeeeeee the US government had something to do with 911.

He believes a bunch of uni-brows armed with box cutters overthrew the worlds lone superpower.  Strange cat he is.

All Risk No Reward's picture

I proved to him that the government lied about the outcome... and he couldn't handle it.

No data. No logic. Just empty claims and a block on my e-mail to expose his irrationality.

He does have some good insights, too. So ya take the bad with the good.

DuneCreature's picture

I'll give Trump an "Atta Boy" for that one.

Now let's see him keep all of the CIA back channel arms running ratlines shut down too.

Live Hard, That Will Be Where The Rubber Meets The Pavement, Die Free

~ DC v7.4

Secret Weapon's picture

Wake me up when Trump shuts down the CIA heroin smuggling ops.  They are killing our peopleall for black ops funding and their little retirement plans, just ike they did with cocaine. Double pinch me on the nut sack when Little Jeff Sessions throws the CIA drug smugs in the slammer.  Sessions ramping up on civil asset forfeiture.  What a douche. 

DuneCreature's picture

A little token effort to shut down scrutiny of the CIA is what it looks like to me.

Trump and Sessions are so 'owned'. ...... Oh, oh, oh! .. Did I say that out loud?

Live Hard, How Do You Shut Down A Multi Billion Dollar Arms Trade Ratline Without Seizing A BUNCH Of Bank Accounts, Jeff? ... Jeff?.. Jeff? ....... Isn't It Uncomfortable As Hell Sleeping With Your Head Down On Your Desk Like That Everyday, Jeff?, Die Free

~DC v7.4

peanuts's picture

the timing is getting interesting......Timber Sycamore, a McCain, Graham pet project is exposed for being the biggest and even bigger scandal than the Iran Contra Scandal by a multitude of a million in the black market arms trafficking world.....and now McCain is diagnosed with a brain tumor.....gee i wonder if he'd die to get out of this big scandal? You only have to read this article at this link to see just how big and ugly shit is going to get.

Reaper's picture

Spies lie. A spy's master covers up those lies.

Davidduke2000's picture

Something fishy in this story.

FoggyWorld's picture

He gave it a try by attempting to work with everyone and it looks as if he is facing reality.   Also suspect things will change rapidly.  

He does have a smart lawyer and a few equally bright people in the WH and I think his approach will take a 180.

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replaceme's picture

...and that is why people voted for this guy.

logicalman's picture

A good start, if true.

A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.


Gardentoolnumber5's picture

This is really going to piss off Ali McIncain and Mahmood Grahamnisty. All the other Neocon traitors and never Trumpers will really ratchet up the Russia collusion BS now. Now close the illegal bases, Trump!

343 Guilty Spark's picture

McCain has bigger things to worry about considering that he has brain cancer now and all that.

Tejano's picture

His goose is cooked. Maybe a hero's funeral in Hanoi?

R Mutt's picture

....and Benny owes a big one toTrump. What will Benny give to Trump?

Posa's picture

F-16s to their allies: ISIS