CIA ends operation to back Syrian rebels
THE head of the US military’s special operations has confirmed that the Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al- Assad.
General Tony Thomas denied that the four- year- old operation was brought to an end as a way to placate Russia and earn its support for a ceasefire in southwestern Syria.
It was a “tough, tough decision” but “absolutely not a sop to the Russians,” Thomas said at a forum in Colorado.
The Washington Post reported last week President Donald Trump made the decision nearly a month ago.