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    How Trump Made 'One of the Most Important Decisions' to Resolve Syrian Crisis

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    The decision to halt the CIA training program for the moderate Syrian rebels is a very important step by US President Donald Trump towards the settlement in Syria.

    United States President Donald Trump has decided to end the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and train the moderate Syrian opposition, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing US officials.

    According to the newspaper, the decision was made a month ago after Trump’s talks with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster.

    "The decision reflects the Trump administration’s stance that the removal of Assad is not a US priority," the report read.

    Trump initially pledged to change the parameters of the US policy during his campaign. However, on April 6, the Pentagon launched a massive missile strike at a Syrian governmental military airfield in Ash Sha’irat in response to an alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Idlib province.

    The hostile move created the disappointing impression that Washington’s policy towards the Syrian crisis wouldn’t budge and was unlikely to change in the future.

    However, Israeli Middle East analyst Avigdor Eskin suggested that Trump in fact made a very important decision on Syria, hiding behind the façade of hawkish rhetoric.

    "Using the smoke screen of militarist rhetoric [following the missile strike], the US President made one the most important decisions to resolve the Syrian crisis. Now, we can better understand the efficiency of a cease-fire in south Syria. As soon as the Syrian rebels realized that US support would come to an end soon, their combat enthusiasm immediately started exhaling," Eskin wrote in an analytical piece for RIA Novosti.

    The cease-fire was announced in early July after the talks between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg.

    According to Eskin, what is crucial now is that having rolled back support for the Syrian rebels the US stopped "adding more fuel to the fire" of the Syrian conflict.

    Moreover, the analyst pointed out that Russia’s efforts played a key role in making a cease-fire possible in south Syria.

    "The latest developments prove that Russia’s policy in Syria has been reasonable and far-seeing. Actually, Washington policymakers also admit that. Despite all odds, Russia-US joint efforts paved the way for the Syrian settlement," Eskin concluded.


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