BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:05 P.M.) – The U.S. spent over $1 billion since 2013 to have the C.I.A. train and arm the militants fighting the Syrian government forces, a new report by the New York Times (NYT) claimed.

“Critics in Congress had complained for years about the costs — more than $1 billion over the life of the program — and reports that some of the C.I.A.-supplied weapons had ended up in the hands of a rebel group tied to Al Qaeda further sapped political support for the program,” the report said.

This covert operation by the C.I.A. has proven to be one of the costliest and least successful in U.S. history, despite the fact it was also aided by Gulf allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

“The shuttering of the C.I.A. program, one of the most expensive efforts to arm and train rebels since the agency’s program arming the mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the 1980s, has forced a reckoning over its successes and failures,” the NYT report added.

The operation has since been cancelled by U.S. President Donald Trump, causing outrage among Syrian opposition activists and rebels.

 

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Cyriak Papasissis

This is a whitewashing , a cosmetic operation by the CIA-mouthpiece NY Times to diminish the actual cost of the subversive war on Syria. The real cost was $ 1 billion per year http://theantimedia.org/us-officially-lost-syria-war/. See also //worldaffairs.blog/2017/04/18/syria-20-links-that-prove-regime-change-plans/

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It goes much further than this! Such operation (overthrowing a legitimate govt and member of the UN) is forbidden under US laws, not speaking of the UN!!! Syria can even sue before US courts, ICP, etc etc etc! Now, it may not be the case BUT if ever Trump really wants to drain the swamp, he could i.e do what JFK missed : transferring all black ops to the DoD, deprieving CIA from the green berets, limiting them at making pure intelligence while if action is needed, having only the militaries at it and so seriously cutting funds! The DoJ… Read more »

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dank fur kopf

That money was way better spent on terrorists so they could murder innocent people in a foreign nation, than on say repairing the roads. /end sarcasm

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willyvandamme

Other US media speak about 1 billion a year. And then there is USAID, State Department and the Pentagon.