U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group




 
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March 5th, 2015  
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Topic: U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group


By Dasha Afanasieva and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group's collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts to unify Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents fighting the Syrian military. A blow to U.S. moves to aid rebels, the dissolution of Hazzm also highlights the risks that a new Department of Defense program could face in training and equipping fighters in Jordan, Turkey and Qatar. U.S. officials plan to train thousands of Syrian rebels over three years. An onslaught by al Qaeda's Syria wing, the Nusra Front, last week forced Hazzm into dissolution, its members swallowed by Jabhat al-Shamiyya, a mainly Islamist alliance.




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