US stops to Provide Military Aid to Syrian Opposition – Report

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A program of military assistance to the Syrian opposition in the north-west of the Arab Republic, coordinated by the CIA, has been suspended.

US stops to Provide Military Aid to Syrian Opposition – Report

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The US has suspended a program of military assistance to the Syrian opposition in the north-west of the Arab Republic, which was coordinated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Reuters news agency reported, citing sources in the opposition’s ranks.

The program was frozen after an attack of extremists that occurred in January, it will be restarted after reorganization, representatives of the opposition said.

A US official source told Reuters that the suspension of aid to the Syrian opposition was not associated with the change of the administration in the US and the coming of President Donald Trump to power. The source confirmed that the reason for this move was the attack of extremists.

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the armed opposition and formations of mercenaries in Syria are uninterruptedly supplied with weapons and ammunition from abroad.

“So, for example, the war has been continuing in Syria nearly six years. And, all this time, groups of the armed opposition and formations of mercenaries have been uninterruptedly supplied with ammunition, weapons and other physical resources, which are necessary to conduct active combat operations, from abroad,” Shoigu said on Tuesday at a lecture at the opening of the 2nd All-Russian Youth Forum ‘International military-political and military-economic cooperation: current trends’ in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

He noted that according to estimates of the Russian Defense Ministry, only during the armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, illegal armed groups got about 2,450 short-range man-portable air defense systems, 1,750 anti-tank guided weapons, about 650 multiple artillery rocket systems, more than 24,000 mines of various types, and over 600 tons of explosives.

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