Syr­ian rebel aid pro­gramme ‘dan­ger­ous, waste­ful’: Trump

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Wash­ing­ton, US - US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day an­nounced he had ended a pro­gramme to sup­port rebels fight­ing against Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad be­cause it was ‘ mas­sive, dan­ger­ous, and waste­ful’.

The com­ments came days af­ter Gen­eral Tony Thomas, the head of US spe­cial op­er­a­tions con­firmed that the four year old op­er­a­tion was brought to a close but de­nied the de­ci­sion was mo­ti­vated by a de­sire to pla­cate Rus­sia, which backs the As­sad regime.

‘The Ama­zon Wash­ing­ton Post fab­ri­cated the facts on my end­ing mas­sive, dan­ger­ous, and waste­ful pay­ments to Syr­ian rebels fight­ing As­sad....’ Trump tweeted.

The mis­sive ap­peared to be a re­sponse to an ar­ti­cle by the news­pa­per pub­lished hours ear­lier and ti­tled ‘Co­op­er­a­tion with Rus­sia be­comes cen­tral to Trump strat­egy in Syria’.

It quoted anony­mous of­fi­cials as say­ing ‘the United States and its prox­ies would con­cede As­sad’s con­trol of most of cen­tral and south­ern Syria’ in re­turn for Moscow and its al­lies steer­ing clear of US coali­tion op­er­a­tions against the Is­lamic State group.

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