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CIA ramping up covert training program for moderate Syrian rebels

Posted By admin On October 3, 2013 @ 11:05 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

Greg Miller
Washingtonpost.com [1]
October 3, 2013

The CIA is expanding a clandestine effort to train opposition fighters in Syria amid concern that moderate, U.S.-backed militias are rapidly losing ground in the country’s civil war, U.S. officials said.

But the CIA program is so minuscule that it is expected to produce only a few hundred trained fighters each month even after it is enlarged, a level that officials said will do little to bolster rebel forces that are being eclipsed by radical Islamists  [2]in the fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The CIA’s mission, officials said, has been defined by the White House’s desire to seek a political settlement, a scenario that relies on an eventual stalemate among the warring factions rather than a clear victor. As a result, officials said, limits on the agency’s authorities enable it to provide enough support to help ensure that politically moderate, U.S.-supported militias don’t lose but not enough for them to win.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said the agency has sent additional paramilitary teams to secret bases in Jordan in recent weeks in a push to double the number of rebel fighters getting CIA instruction and weapons [3] before being sent back to Syria.

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[1] Washingtonpost.com: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-ramping-up-covert-training-program-for-moderate-syrian-rebels/2013/10/02/a0bba084-2af6-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

[2] radical Islamists : http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/foreign-extremists-dominate-syria-fight/2013/10/01/5871685e-2ae7-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html

[3] rebel fighters getting CIA instruction and weapons: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-begins-weapons-delivery-to-syrian-rebels/2013/09/11/9fcf2ed8-1b0c-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html

[4] Pentagon proposes plan to equip and train ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-proposes-plan-to-equip-and-train-moderate-syrian-rebels.html

[5] U.S. training Syrian rebels; White House ‘stepped up assistance’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-training-syrian-rebels-white-house-stepped-up-assistance.html

[6] US, EU may start training and equipping Syrian rebels: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-eu-may-start-training-and-equipping-syrian-rebels.html

[7] Hamas training Syrian rebels in Damascus: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hamas-training-syrian-rebels-in-damascus.html

[8] Syrian Rebels Brainwashing Population to Accept Extremist Islam: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syrian-rebels-brainwashing-population-to-accept-extremist-islam.html

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