Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they stand on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi /File photo
Reuters: Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack - sources
CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad.
Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadist assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist militant hands. But they said they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.
The halt in assistance, which has included salaries, training, ammunition and in some cases guided anti-tank missiles, is a response to jihadist attacks and has nothing to do with U.S. President Donald Trump replacing Barack Obama in January, two U.S. officials familiar with the CIA-led program said.
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WNU editor: The Reuters report quotes officials saying that it has nothing to do with President Trump .... but the timing of this cut-off (if it is true) .... happening at the same time when President Trump took the oath of the Presidency .... has to be more than just a coincidence.