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‘Moderate’ Rebels Eye Closer al-Qaeda Ties Over Fears of Abandonment by Trump

CIA-backed fighters further reveal ideological agreement with terror groups

by Mikael Thalen, Infowars:

CIA-backed “moderate Syrian rebels” are eyeing closer ties with terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda over fears of “abandonment” by a President Trump.

According to a report in the Washington Post Saturday, rebel groups are weighing their options as more than three years of CIA support could be ended by the next administration.

“Among the options, say U.S. officials, regional experts and the rebels themselves, are a closer alliance with better-armed al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, receipt of more sophisticated weaponry from Sunni states in the Persian Gulf region opposed to a U.S. pullback, and adoption of more traditional guerrilla tactics, including sniper and other small-scale attacks on both Syrian and Russian targets,” the Post states.

Trump, who has expressed doubts over the trustworthiness of the so-called rebels, repeatedly stated throughout his campaign that the Islamic State, not the Assad regime, would be his primary goal in the region.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal last month.

The president-elect has also discussed assisting both Russia and the Syrian government in battling the terrorist group.

Despite countless reports on the failure of the Obama administration to find, vet and train legitimately “moderate” fighters in the region, one U.S. official speaking with the Post argued the opposition has “accomplished many of the goals the U.S. hoped for.”

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