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Wednesday, June 6

Ah but Trump didn't end the U.S. program to raise a mercenary army of terrorists

July 2017: 

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad; The New York Times

June 4, 2018:

Ex-CIA Officer Says US Supports Terror Groups - Ideological al-Qaeda Descendants; Sputnik

I guess Islamic State can be considered a "descendent" of al Qaeda. But the American regime is no longer only "supporting" these descendents. It's turning them into an army. To what end? Oh gee let's ring up the White House and ask. 
  
Confirmed: US retrains ISIS and ISIS-like jihadists in east Syria and re-brands them ‘democratic forces’ (VIDEO) – Exclusive
By Andrew Illingworth
February 13, 2018
AMN (Al-Masdar News)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Clear-cut evidence has emerged that the United States is retraining jihadist militants – most of them surrendered ISIS members as well as fighters of other militant groups with an ideology similar to that of ISIS – in east Syria and re-branding them as ‘democratic forces.’

After many, many months of complaints by Russian military and diplomatic authorities that US advisor forces in Syria’s east were retraining ISIS and ISIS-like militants, a video (shown below) released by the Deir Ezzor-based opposition media outlet Euphrates Post has confirmed it.

The video is the centerpiece in a puzzle of otherwise vague information that has been leaked about US intelligence activities in east Syria over the last year.

It should be made clear that the Arab fighters in the video below do not belong to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) proper, but rather a lesser known off-shoot militia called the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC).

DMC forces are – unlike the SDF – the project of the US Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency, separate from Pentagon initiatives and bureaucratic processes.

Fighters of the DMC are on the Department of State payroll (i.e. individuals receive a paycheck) which technically makes them US-vetted mercenaries instead of just ‘US-backed fighters’ (that implying military support from US military agencies only).

The history of DMC forces prior to their re-flagging under US initiatives is interesting. Most DMC fighters fall into two categories:

Syrian rebels or Euphrates tribesmen who merged into ISIS ranks during the terrorist group’s takeover of the Deir Ezzor region in 2013-2014 and then later surrendered to the SDF.
Jhadists of the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Jabhat al-Nusra (as it was called at the time) who battled government forces in Deir Ezzor until 2014 and were later expelled from the region by ISIS (after refusing to join ranks) and then absorbed by US intelligence in Jordan.

These are the ‘ISIS people’ that Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, General Valery Gerasimov warned about in late December 2017 when he claimed that over one thousand re-flagged ISIS and ISIS-like militants were being trained and equipped by US adviser forces in east Syria.

Over the last few days, and on at least one occasion before that, DMC forces have attacked positions of the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary groups in Deir Ezzor province without provocation (or any other kind of defensive pretext) at the towns of Khasham and At-Tabiyyah.

Both official SDF and other US coalition sources have failed to make any remark on the confrontational activities of the DMC and the simple reason for this is that neither the SDF (on its own) or US coalition bureaucracy is responsible for DMC actions – only the CIA is, and it has no obligation to publicly disclose information about its projects.

[VIDEO]

[END REPORT]

See also:

CIA activities in Syria (they go back a long way there); Wikipedia

Behind the Sudden Death of a $1 Billion Secret C.I.A. War in Syria ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/.../cia-syria-rebel-arm-train-trump.html
Aug 2, 2017 - Subscribe to The Times ... Once C.I.A.-trained fighters crossed into SyriaC.I.A. officers had ... on battling the Syrian government rather than plotting terrorist attacks against the ... A version of this article appears in print on August 2, 2017 , on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Under Trump, ...

U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels - The ...

https://www.nytimes.com/.../us-relies-heavily-on-saudi-money-to-support-syrian-rebel...
Jan 23, 2016 - A joint arming and training program between the C.I.A. and Saudi Arabia ... that has inspired many of the very terrorist groups the United States is fighting. ... from Qatar, Jordan and Turkey — at a time when Mr. Obama has pushed gulf ... Under the new arrangement, the C.I.A. took the lead intraining, while ...

CIA Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Rebels - The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/.../cia-said-to-aid-in-steering-arms-to-syrian-rebels.html
Jun 21, 2012 - The C.I.A. officers have been in southern Turkey for several weeks, ... with Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, one senior American official said.
Missing: trains

Obama Administration Ends Effort to Train Syrians to Combat ISIS ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/10/.../pentagon-program-islamic-state-syria.html
Oct 9, 2015 - The new program would be the first time the Pentagon has provided lethal aid ... The president has long expressed skepticism that training Syrian rebels ... In a letter to the State Department, the Pentagon and the C.I.A. last week, ... of groups that commit acts of terrorism against the United States or its allies.
Plenty more articles on the topic can be found at Google.

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