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CIA Training Program of Syrian Rebels May Face Funding Cuts

© AP PhotoMilitant group, members of Ahrar al-Sham brigade, one of the Syrian rebels groups
Militant group, members of Ahrar al-Sham brigade, one of the Syrian rebels groups - Sputnik International
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A US Congress committee is expected to vote on funding cuts of a secret Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) operation to train and arm rebels in Syria next week, a US lawmaker said.

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) members. File photo - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The pessimism and skepticism has been on the rise that the United States would be able "to help shape the aftermath" of Syria’s civil war, Adam Schiff, the US Representative for California congressional district said, according to the Washington Post.

"There is a great deal of concern on a very bipartisan basis with our strategy in Syria," Schiff said. He declined to comment on more details of the bill.

The measure provoked concern among CIA and White House officials, as they said that pulling money out of the CIA effort could weaken US-trained insurgents in Syria, the newspaper reported.

"[President] Assad is increasingly in danger… but it’s largely not as a result of action by so-called moderates [opposition forces] on the ground," a senior Republican aide in Congress told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity.

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