Syrian rebel aid programme ‘dangerous, wasteful’: Trump
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.