Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels


The Trump administration has decided to stop CIA support of Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The CIA covert programme was set up in 2013 in order to help rebels overthrow Assad but it has had little success. The six-year civil war is ongoing.

For many this is a sign of Trump’s desire to strengthen ties with Russia. Russia is one of Assad’s most important allies. It is not likely that this was a push from Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government but rather a symbolic gesture.

There is a risk that this may create tensions with Saudi Arabia who are providing Syrian rebels with military and financial assistance. Iran, who are supporting Assad, are fighting a Proxy war with Saudi Arabia through the Syrian conflict. So while this gesture may be seen as a bid to strengthen ties with Russia, there is a risk that Saudi Arabia will misinterpret it.

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