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Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives | The Washington Post

Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives | The Washington Post

Three years after the CIA began secretly shipping lethal aid to rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, battlefield losses and fears that a Donald Trump administration will abandon them have left tens of thousands of opposition fighters weighing their alternatives.

Among the options, say U.S. officials, regional experts and the rebels themselves, are a closer alliance with better-armed al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, receipt of more sophisticated weaponry from Sunni states in the Persian Gulf region opposed to a U.S….

Source: Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives – The Washington Post