CIA Syrian Rebels

Officials: Before Russian bombs, CIA rebels had Syrian gains

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, Syrian army rocket launchers fire near the village of Morek in Syria. The Syrian army has launched an offensive this week in central and northwestern Syria aided by Russian airstrikes. CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad’s forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say. Over the past week, Russia has directed parts of its air campaign against U.S.-funded groups and other moderate opposition in a concerted effort to weaken them, the officials say. (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says CIA-backed rebels in Syria had begun to seriously pressure President Bashar Assad’s forces. Now they’re under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons.

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