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Trump Stops Covert CIA Program To Arm Syrian Rebels

President Trump decided within the last month to end a covert CIA program that armed and trained anti-government rebels in Syria, a move long sought by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Russia, U.S. officials told The Washington Post. The program began in 2013 as a way to put pressure on Assad to resign, and will be phased out over the next few months, officials said. “This is a momentous decision,” a current official told the Post. “Putin won in Syria.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted that he hopes the news isn’t true, because it would be “a complete capitulation to Assad, Russia, and Iran” and a big loss for “Syrians who have been relentlessly attacked by Assad, our Arab partners, and U.S. standing in the Middle East.”

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