Tag: moderate Syrian rebels

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Report: Trump Ending Obama’s Covert CIA Program to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

President Donald Trump is reportedly ending a covert CIA program to arm and train Syrian rebel forces that dates back to 2013. According to a report by the Washington Post, the decision was made almost a month ago in an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

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Revamped Pentagon Program Has Trained Fewer than 100 Syrians

The revamped Pentagon program to train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has produced less than 100 fighters since it was launched nearly six months ago, according to U.S. officials.

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Report: Jihadis Selling Weapons Supplied to Syrian Rebels by the CIA on Facebook

Foreign Desk News reported on Wednesday that Syrian jihadis have been using Facebook as a marketplace to “buy, sell and barter a wide variety of American-made weapons and munitions ranging from rocket launchers to machine guns.” Shortly after this report was posted, Facebook administrators took the page down.

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview to the Eterarna Novina Czech newspaper in Damascus. Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Assad said in an interview, as members of …

Sy Hersh: U.S. Is Helping Assad Defeat Jihadi Rebels

A “grain of salt” warning must accompany reports from Seymour Hersh, who has made some fantastic claims during his career. With that in mind, his latest post in the London Review of Books alleges the U.S. military is sharing intelligence with the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad for the purpose of helping Assad’s military take down Islamic State and al-Qaeda rebels.

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Syrian Rebel Leader Kidnapped by Al-Qaeda, Along with 7 of His 54 Troops

A matter of days after 54 American-trained moderate Syrian Rebel Army fighters reported for duty, the New York Times reports that the commander of the unit plus seven of his fighters—including his second-in-command—have been kidnapped by the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda franchise, while they were returning from a meeting in Turkey.

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Pentagon: U.S. Begins Training Syrian Rebels

WASHINGTON, DC — The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the U.S. has begun training about 90 Syrian rebels at an overseas location, adding that pro-Bashar al-Assad regime forces are losing momentum in their fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and other groups.