Efforts to find a viable partner force to help America combat first the Assad regime, and later ISIS, have been underway for several years now. Unfortunately, most of those efforts have focused around the so-called Free Syrian Army. America jumped in the Syrian Civil War way too late in the game. By the time the CIA got involved, most of the moderates had already defected to groups like Al-Nusra and ISIS. The latter two groups were well funded by fat cats in the Gulf States while the FSA was hanging by a thread until it’s dying ghost was resuscitated with Western shock therapy.
Even the vetting process was a mess, as turf battles erupted between the CIA and JSOC’s Intelligence Support Activity contractors who were collecting intelligence to vet those in the Free Syrian Army.
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