Southern Syria Could Emerge as the Civil War’s Next Flashpoint

A Syrian army armored vehicle moves near the village of Morek in Syria, Oct. 7, 2015 (AP photo by Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda).
A Syrian army armored vehicle moves near the village of Morek in Syria, Oct. 7, 2015 (AP photo by Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda).

The sight of Syrian rebels blowing up Russian-made Syrian army tanks with advanced American missiles, captured in videos uploaded last week to YouTube, has brought a nominally covert CIA program into the spotlight. For all the attention on the Pentagon suspending its failed program to train and equip a Syrian rebel force to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the CIA’s two-year-old program to supply a handful of vetted rebel groups with TOW missiles, with Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s help, has been a surprising success, blunting a recent joint offensive by the Syrian army and newly arrived Russian forces near Hama […]

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