CIA-backed Fighters Killed Or
Wounded 100,000 Syrian Soldiers
July 23, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - What did the CIA’s covert assistance program for Syrian rebels accomplish? Bizarrely, the biggest consequence may be that it helped trigger the Russian military intervention in 2015 that rescued President Bashar al-Assad — achieving the opposite of what the program intended.
Syria adds another chapter to the star-crossed history of CIA paramilitary action. These efforts begin with the worthy objective of giving presidents policy options short of all-out war. But they often end with an untidy mess, in which rebels feel they have been “seduced and abandoned” by the promise of U.S. support that disappears when the political winds change.
demise of the Syria program
by The Post this week, but it’s been
unraveling since President Trump took
office. Trump wanted to work more closely
with Russia to stabilize Syria, and a
program that targeted Russia’s allies didn’t
White House’s own Syria policy
remains a hodgepodge of half-baked
assumptions and conflicting goals, but
that’s a subject for another day.
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