3 Bloody Reasons the CIA Should Stop Secretly Arming Rebels Around the World

October 16, 2014 8:12 PM

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3 Bloody Reasons the CIA Should Stop Secretly Arming Rebels Around the World

In a still-classified internal review, the CIA detailed how its previous efforts to covertly arm and train insurgents around the world were rarely successful. The report strongly suggests the agency's 67-year history of clandestine operations should inform the Obama administration's not-so-secret efforts to vet and create a Syrian rebel force to fight the Islamic State and the military of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In spite of the CIA's uncharacteristic soul-searching, the Islamic State's territorial takeovers and horrific violations of human rights add pressure and expediency to the decision to arm and support a moderate Syrian rebel force.

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