This report should be treated as an unconfirmed rumour. It came to us yesterday as a whisper from one of our contacts in London's political village and today we have found the same story circulation in Brussels circles (where both the EU and NATO have headquarters. Keep an open mind on it for a while, but if it turns out to be true, don't be surprised.
Our Source reported a rumour is circulating that President Donald Trump plans to end the CIA program set in train by his predecessor, Barack Hussein Obama, in 2013 to fund, arm and train Syrian 'moderate' (i.e. head amputating, human organ noshing sex slave taking,) rebel groups to enlist their help in achieving his only objective in formenting the Syrian civil war, to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and impose regime change.
The ending (if it proves to be that) of the controversial program reflects one of his biggest priorities: improving relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Washington war party may be deluding themselves about American military capabilities, but Trump is enough of a realist to know there can be no winners in a nuclear war.
"This is a momentous decision," a current official speaking on the condition of anonymity about covert program, is reported to have said. "It means Putin won in Syria."
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Washington's leading warmongers, tweeted that "if true – and I hope it’s not – it would be a complete capitulation to Assad, Russia, and Iran." He continued: "If true, big loss for: 1) Syrians who have been relentlessly attacked by Assad 2) Our Arab partners 3) US standing in the Middle East."
Big win however for those in the west who oppose military interventions against leaders who will not dance to Washington's beat, and for the over 50% of Syrians who support Assad.
The Pentagon is still backing Syrian rebels fighting ISIS. But it is suggested Trump decided to end the CIA program more than a month ago after consulting with national security adviser H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The decision was made ahead of Trump's meeting with Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany on July 7, where they spoke for more than two hours. They spoke again for nearly an hour at a private dinner that evening. Now we know what that private, unmonitored conversation was about.
Trump and Putin agreed during the meeting to work on a new ceasefire plan for Syria, which has entered its sixth year of civil war. The White House has not responded to a request for comment.