DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Over six years after the Syrian revolt first began, the US administration has finally decided to indefinitely give up on its long-standing support for supposedly moderate rebel groups in the war-torn country.

According to US officials, Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train insurgents opposed to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). This arming program was put into effect by the Obama administration in 2013 and looked to topple Bashar Al-Assad.

After talks with Russia, the White House will now phase out the secret program, a move which is likely to have grave implications for US-vetted Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions based in southern Syria around the Al-Tanf border crossing.

Although the CIA declined to comment, US officials told the Washington Post that Trump decided to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago ahead of a meeting on July 7 with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This is a momentous decision … Putin won in Syria,” said a current official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a covert program.

“It’s probably a nod to reality,” said Ilan Goldenberg, a former Obama administration official and director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Once this sudden change of policy is fully implemented, Al-Masdar News expects the US Army will evacuate its troops from the Al-Tanf military base and fly them to Kurdish-held territory in Hasakah, thereby leaving rebel forces in southern Syria to fend for themselves against the SAA.

The plan does not involve the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led fighting force in northern Syria which has had its supply of heavy weapons and armored vehicles increased in recent months.

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Assad must stay
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I guess the CIA will not obei 🙁

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It will certainly be interesting to see if the CIA can be bought to heel I agree.

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Actually, Trump just did much worst to ‘the Agenncy’ than JFK by going public about it! Obongo and Kerry as much as some CIA brasses might end in very serious troubles. It’s very likely that a senate investigation occures or shits like that… Well, maybe we can expect a wave of uncanny accidents like those that happened to +70 friends of the Clintons’ or to 18 witnesses of JFK’s assassination… Prepare to learn about business jets/car crashes with well known politicians : the Agency is now in damage control mood and dead men tell no tales! I doubt about a… Read more »
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Congress, parliament heaven and hell, have no article. = Political and religious terms have nor article. The CIA is neither.
Or would You use “the” before Mafia?

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This can also have severe repercussions on CIA+former Obama admin that Trump went public about this as… Trying to topple the government of a sovereign country is forbidden by both US and international laws!!! Kerry even recognised, not knowing s.o. was recording, that what they were doing was illegal. Syrian govt. should sue at the ICC and even in the US and reclaim very serious compensations! About 18 months ago, damages were already estimated at $255bln+, IMHO, Syria should reclaim no less than 2 trillion $ : half a trillion for damages + losses in the economy and $1.5tln to… Read more »
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What’s really odd, is that the decision was made after consulting Mike Pompeo ( CIA ) and H.R. McMaster ( National Security Advisor ), giving the impression they were on board with this. I have no problem with the US helping the Kurds, as long as they realize Syria is a sovereign country and they don’t do what they did in Iraq and try to establish another independent Kurdish state. That would not be good. Hopefully the Kurds and Assad can work the details of all that out in due time and get back to having a unified Syria and… Read more »
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PYD is the equivalent of Iraqi PUK which is NOT in power in Iraq. Now, conditions in Iraq are pretty different and well, Barzani is mostly a typical ME dictator which has as much legitimacy as Abbas (who celebrated the 13th year of his 4 years mandate last January). Moreover, he’s clearly into nepotism, placing his family at all key posts. KRG being autonomous since the UN imposed NFZ (no fly zone) on Saddam, things work very differently. Now, if KRG organise a referendum and people want secession, it’s their right to do so. Syrian PYD doesn’t seeks secession but… Read more »
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Goldenberg. Another filthy chosen one. These joos are behind every evil.

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And you’re one of them, LOL!

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and on this very day as well, John McCain, the man behind supplying arms to the rebels, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

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Cant be true – he doesn’t have a brain !

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And an aggressive one…
Why do I feel a number of people implied in backing the roaches at US level will get weird sicknesses, accidents, be murdered by some loonies, disappear and things like that?
The Agency has to protect its ass for sure!

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Now this Goldberg Ilan guy from Obama administration is jewish so enough sead

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This is good news

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Assad was not the problem, a western educated man who kept Syria westernized. Assad was trying to keep the islamofascists at bay in Syria, and it is why he has to be tough! Obama made him into a “monster” just like obama did to Libya, and made a mess of the region.

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This is a wise decision. There were 4 Syria policies of the US : CIA, State Department, Pentagon and the President, who is responsable for coordination, which Obama never did.

By taking out the misguided and worthless CIA T&E programs, coordination will be easier. Secular FSA factions can join the SDF like several other former FSA factions did. Now Trump will have to oversee a unified US Syria policy. Will he be able to?

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This is nothing but a PR ploy. Remember the Nicaraguan Contras? The CIA just trafficked in cocaine and did the Iran-Contra deal to get funding for the Contras in Nicaragua after Congress cut funding for them.

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Here’s hoping some other nation follows the American lead and starts funding democracy in the USA. All those disgruntled and oppressed people violently protesting on the streets are being denied democracy. I’m really hoping a few billion $$ can be given to these groups to help replace the govt in the USA. Maybe fund a few thousand oppressed Mexican cartels members and of course black lives matters. Of course they would be willing to take some American refugees after some stringent checks were put in place.

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It’s super !!! USA should support’s Kurdish in Syria because YPG is one really oppositions to Syria Goverment . Another opposition groups is bandits , terrorist , gangsters . Much weapon’s for Kurdish . Long live for Assad , long live for YPG !

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was that even proper grammar?

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