Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad
President Trump ended the US clandestine program of supplying weapons and supplies to Syrian rebels, said US officials, acknowledging that the effort failed and that the administration has given up hope of helping reverse the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.
The decision came there more than a month, officials said, while the effort to free the weapons had slowed.
It was never publicly announced, since the program started four years ago was officially a secret, authorized by President Barack Obama through a “find” that allowed the C.I.A. To carry out a deniable program. The news of the annoying program were released quickly.
Stranded similar efforts to deliver arms and money to groups seeking to overthrow governments that Washington has found detrimental efforts, the most famous disastrous of the Kennedy administration to eliminate the government of Fidel Castro Cuba.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of America. To help destabilize the region and portray Iran to defend its interests. Washington considers Iranian aid to the Assad government as part of an effort to recover as a regional power.
From the beginning, there were doubts about the fact that the disorganized armed forces, often unwanted, succeeded. Officials of the Obama administration have acknowledged that there was no way to predict the future loyalty of those who received weapons from the United States, despite a lengthy verification process.
This problem – putting weapons in the right hand and ensuring that they were not passed on to others and used against United States troops or allies – attacked the effort shortly after the proposal by Hillary Clinton, Secretary State, and David H Petraeus, the director of the CIA at the time.
Mr. Trump’s decision was first reported by The Washington Post. But it was foreshadowed in April when the Trump administration said that the overthrow of M. Assad, whose government clashed in a civil war that took nearly half a million lives, was no longer a priority.
Instead, the United States and Russia discuss the ceasefire areas in the country, the first of which was put into effect this month.
These discussions were possible due to M. Assad, protected by his support of Moscow and Tehran does not see a fundamental threat to his ability to remain in power.
And the decisions of M. Trump have recognized that there is an escalation of the program, which began in 2013 with counterparts C.I.A. In Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan, it would probably have a different result.