CIA ends op­er­a­tion to back Syr­ian rebels

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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