BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department is offering up a $75 million grant to eligible NGOs willing to combat Iranian ‘disinformation’ inside Syria.
According to the State Department, this grant will help advance the U.S. government’s policy inside of Syria.
The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to advance the following U.S. Government policy objectives in Syria:
- Ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS and counter violent extremism, including other extremist groups in Syria;
- Achieve a political solution to the Syrian conflict under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254; and,
- End the presence of Iranian forces and proxies in Syria. The Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) aims to advance these policy objectives by supporting the following assistance objectives:
- Strengthen responsive and credible governance and civil society entities to capably serve and represent communities liberated from ISIS.
- Advance a political solution to the Syrian conflict under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254; and,
- Counter extremism and disinformation perpetuated by Iranian forces, designated terrorist organizations, and other malign actors through support for local governance actors and civil society organizations
In the description of the grant, the State Department is offering this money to “counter extremism and disinformation perpetuated by Iranian forces.”
This move comes at the same time the U.S. has increased its military presence in the Middle East.
The U.S.previously spent $500 million training 50 ‘moderate’ rebels to fight the Syrian government; they later defected from the group, with some even joining the jihadist group Jabhat Al-Nusra.