Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut

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[Editor’s note: We normally do not post articles from the MSM. However this particular one looks hopeful although they are still putting put out the propaganda that there is such a thing as “moderate rebels” and that “Asaad must go” in spite of overwhelming support from the Syrian people. What has become very clear even though this is by and large only reported in the Independent media, is that the whole gammet of extremist Islamic forces, from al Qaeda to Al Nusra, the Muslim Brotherhood to ISIS, ISIL to Daash, who have destroyed the infrastructure of Libya, Syria and Iraq, terrorizing, mass murdering, crucifying, beheading the population and now have an extensive human trafficking operation with open markets selling off young children and women sometimes for as little as a packet of cigarettes into slavery and prostitution; and are in the process of both looting and destroying the ancient heritage of these countries by either selling off their antiquities or demolishing them, are not “moderate” in any way, shape or form. They have all been funded and supported by Saudi Arabia and their extremist wing the Wahabi, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan where they received training from the CIA and Israel on the Golan heights where many of them who have been injured have received medical care in Israeli hospitals.]

By Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung,  The Washington Post:

Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that U.S. officials said reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East.

The House Intelligence Committee recently voted unanimously to cut as much as 20 percent of the classified funds flowing into a CIA program that U.S. officials said has become one the agency’s largest covert operations, with a budget approaching $1 billion a year.

“There is a great deal of concern on a very bipartisan basis with our strategy in Syria,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the intelligence panel. He declined to comment on specific provisions of the committee’s bill but cited growing pessimism that the United States will be in a position “to help shape the aftermath” of Syria’s civil war.

The cuts to the CIA program are included in a preliminary intelligence spending bill that is expected to be voted on in the House next week. The measure has provoked concern among CIA and White House officials, who warned that pulling money out of the CIA effort could weaken U.S.-backed insurgents just as they have begun to emerge as effective fighters. The White House declined to comment.

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