By Rachel Blevins (The Free Thought Project)
The United States not only paid to arm and train “moderate Syrian rebels” as part of a CIA program that did much more to aid ISIS than it did to fight it, but it also reportedly paid the rebels monthly salaries.
The Washington Post cited its infamous anonymous U.S. officials in a report on Wednesday, which claimed that President Trump “has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia.”
While a report from Financial Times described Russia as “Assad’s main backer,” and said that the country has “long pushed for the US to end support,” it added another element to the story by taking a look at the Syrian rebels who “have clung to a program of CIA assistance as a symbol of US support in their battle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.”
Financial Times reported that these rebels claim “their CIA interlocutors had not confirmed any change” to the policy that was originally set by the Obama Administration, seeking the overthrow of Assad.
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Another rebel commander reportedly said that while “U.S. support had been waning for months,” the rebels “had been given their salaries as normal last month.”
“Another threat that President Obama mentioned was ISIS. Well who on earth armed them? Who armed the Syrians that were fighting with Assad? Who created the necessary political information and climate that facilitated this situation? Who pushed for the delivery of arms to the area? Do you really not understand who is fighting in Syria? They are mercenaries mostly. Do you understand they are paid money? Mercenaries fight for whichever side pays more. So they arm them and pay them a certain amount. I even know what these amounts are. So they fight. They have the arms. You can’t get them to return the weapons of course, at the end. Then they discover elsewhere pays a little more…so they go fight there. Then they occupy the oil fields.”
As The Free Thought Project has reported, Israel was exposed for secretly paying these so-called rebels to protect oil sites in the Golan Heights that are used for profit by investors such as Jacob Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, and Dick Cheney.