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

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.


Gardentoolnumber5 Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:26 Permalink

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!

peanuts Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:40 Permalink

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.

DuneCreature Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:51 Permalink

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

DuneCreature Secret Weapon Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00 Permalink

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

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All Risk No Reward All Risk No Reward Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

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.

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. . . _ _ _ . . . Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:54 Permalink

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.

Trifecta Man Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:03 Permalink

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.

Grumpy6 Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:47 Permalink

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.