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    Clashes between militia groups trained by the CIA and the Pentagon are intensifying in Syria.

    President Barack Obama is to blame for these incidents, journalist Rick Moran wrote in an article for American Thinker.

    He says that the US leader has demonstrated weakness in his policy on Syria.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, in February a CIA-armed militia called Knights of Righteousness was run out of the town of Marea by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

    "If anything demonstrates the incompetence, futility, and danger of the president's policy in Syria, it's this almost comic clash between fighters trained by two separate wings of our national security apparatus," the author wrote.

    According to Moran, the embarrassing situation resulted from Washington’s unwillingness to support the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA). The US feared that supporting the FSA would require ground troops and would force Russia to intervene.

    In late-2011, Syrian government forces were close to losing the war, and Daesh did not enter the conflict. If at the time, the US had supplied the FSA with weapons they would have been able to end the war, according to the author.

    "But Clinton-Obama played it safe and now we are presented with a Gordian Knot that appears hopelessly tangled. Each strand that is unraveled leads to another strand tightening," Moran underscored.

    "I don't envy the next president who has to manage the slaughter to keep it from spilling over Syria's borders and further embroil the region in conflict," he concluded.


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