US Special Ops chief General Raymond Thomas confirms that the CIA ended support for Syrian rebels and says the U.S. decision to halt the CIA program equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad's ally Russia.

Map. History of Syria conflict

26 September 2018
SyAAF Su-22 over Ayn Tarma this morning.1 year ago
SyAAF Su-22 over Ayn Tarma this morning.
Islamic State: Battles against Syrian forces in the vicinity of Ithriya Hama1 year ago
Islamic State: Battles against Syrian forces in the vicinity of Ithriya Hama
1 year ago
15 Hezbollah fighters and 48 militants were reportedly killed during the first day of the Arsal offensive along the Syria - Lebanon border
Hezbollah is targeting HTS at Aarsal Barens1 year ago
Hezbollah is targeting HTS at Aarsal Barens
Hezbollah is targeting HTS at Aarsal Barens
1 year ago
Syrian jets bomb Lebanese border area, as the wide offensive with Hezbollah continues
Photos of Hezbollah operation in Wadi Al-Khail triangle, Wadi al-Ayouni in Jaroud Aarsal1 year ago
Photos of Hezbollah operation in Wadi Al-Khail triangle, Wadi al-Ayouni in Jaroud Aarsal
1 year ago
Clashes in Sukhna area eastern Homs countryside and exchangeable Shelling between ISIS and pro-Government forces
1 year ago
2 civilians killed "child and old man" others injured after an airstrikes targeted Douma neighborhoods, Damascus countryside
Video: clashes in Ein Tarma1 year ago
Video: clashes in Ein Tarma
Video: clashes in Ein Tarma
1 year ago
Hezbollah and Syrian army in operation at Lebanon border is in control of Qornat Wadi al-Khayl and Qurnat al-Qanzah heights
1 year ago
SNHR: 8 civilians arrested and taken away for forced recruitment in Ras al Ein city in Hasaka
FSA Saraya Ahl Al-Sham confirms fighting against Hezbollah, and calls upon human rights organizations to protect the refugees from the clashes1 year ago
FSA Saraya Ahl Al-Sham confirms fighting against Hezbollah, and calls upon human rights organizations to protect the refugees from the clashes
Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan and the commander of Al-Ya'rub Groups - Ya'rub Ali Jdeid.1 year ago
Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan and the commander of Al-Ya'rub Groups - Ya'rub Ali Jdeid.
Leaked audio alleging to be a recording (translated into English by .@GIIMedia) of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu Yaqdhan, who is a Shar'i in Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's military division.1 year ago
Leaked audio alleging to be a recording (translated into English by [email protected]) of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu Yaqdhan, who is a Shar'i in Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's military division.
Jamil Hamid Ramadan, an IS official and the personal accomplice of Saddam al-Jamal (an IS governor in the Euphrates Area which is the Deir ez-Zor-Anbar area) was reportedly arrested today by Ahrar al-Sharqiya while he was trying to flee Abukamal.1 year ago
Jamil Hamid Ramadan, an IS official and the personal accomplice of Saddam al-Jamal (an IS governor in the "Euphrates Area" which is the Deir ez-Zor-Anbar area) was reportedly arrested today by Ahrar al-Sharqiya while he was trying to flee Abukamal.
FSA Northern Brigade rebels state they repelled 2 infiltration attempts by YPG near Sajur river1 year ago
FSA Northern Brigade rebels state they repelled 2 infiltration attempts by YPG near Sajur river
1 year ago
Mortars by pro-Government forces are hitting Ain Tarma in Damascus, Syria.
Turkish drone (hex 005883) at the border to Syria and in Afrin tonight.1 year ago
Turkish drone (hex 005883) at the border to Syria and in Afrin tonight.
Manbij Military Council footage from Raqqa, Syria.1 year ago
Manbij Military Council footage from Raqqa, Syria.
1 year ago
The Syrian Government wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for "illegitimately" bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, also demanding that US-led coalition strikes stop.
Photos from the anti-Israel and Palestinian solidarity rally by Syrians after Friday prayer in southern Damascus near the Yalda mosque.1 year ago
Photos from the anti-Israel and Palestinian solidarity rally by Syrians after Friday prayer in southern Damascus near the Yalda mosque.
US SOCOM Commander Raymond Thomas describes the moment he told the YPG group to rebrand themselves so as to gain credibility because Turkey recognised (and still does) the YPG group as the (US and Turkey designated) terrorist enemy equating to the PKK.1 year ago
US SOCOM Commander Raymond Thomas describes the moment he told the YPG group to "rebrand" themselves so as to gain "credibility" because Turkey recognised (and still does) the YPG group as the (US and Turkey designated) "terrorist enemy" equating to the PKK.
US Special Ops chief General Raymond Thomas confirms that the CIA ended support for Syrian rebels and says the U.S. decision to halt the CIA program equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad's ally Russia.1 year ago
US Special Ops chief General Raymond Thomas confirms that the CIA ended support for Syrian rebels and says the U.S. decision to halt the CIA program equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad's ally Russia.
1 year ago
US Special Forces head says military told Kurdish YPG to rebrand themselves as Syrian Democratic Forces (25 mins in)
US Special Forces head says military told Kurdish YPG to rebrand themselves as Syrian Democratic Forces (25 mins in)
Faylaq al-Sham responds to Nour al-Din al-Zenki claims they withdrew as peacekeepers, saying they only did so because Ahrar al-Sham & Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham were already in negotiations.1 year ago
Faylaq al-Sham responds to Nour al-Din al-Zenki claims they withdrew as "peacekeepers", saying they only did so because Ahrar al-Sham & Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham were already in "negotiations".
Syrians in al-Bab in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Glory to the people holding the burning coal of their revolution.1 year ago
Syrians in al-Bab in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem. "Glory to the people holding the burning coal of their revolution."
Evidence of drugs found inside a building formerly occupied by IS in Raqqa, Syria. .@IanPannell for .@ABC News reports.1 year ago
Evidence of drugs found inside a building formerly occupied by IS in Raqqa, Syria. [email protected] for [email protected] News reports.
1 year ago
FSA First Coastal Division use a BGM-71 TOW missile to destroy a government transport truck in Latakia countryside
FSA First Coastal Division use a BGM-71 TOW missile to destroy a government transport truck in Latakia countryside
MMC/SDF fighters confiscated weapons, ammo  and  mines from daesh in Tayar district SW Raqqa.1 year ago
MMC/SDF fighters confiscated weapons, ammo and mines from daesh in Tayar district SW Raqqa.
1 year ago
James Mattis,United States Secretary of Defense, on ISIS leader al-Baghdadi: 'I believe he is alive'
1 year ago
According to Syrian activists (not any official Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham media channel), after the ceasefire between Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, without any clashes, Ahrar al-Sham withdrew from the town of Ma'arrat Misrin and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham took over the town.
A busy day for the SDF, as they received thousands of local civillians fleeing from Raqqa city to the safety of SDF areas.1 year ago
A busy day for the SDF, as they received thousands of local civillians fleeing from Raqqa city to the safety of SDF areas.
1 year ago
Ahrar al-Sham and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham have agreed on a cease-fire, the release of detainees & the hand over of Bab al-Hawa border crossing to a civilian administration meaning all factions will withdraw from it, essentially putting an end to the fighting that began three days ago between the two parties.
Ahrar al-Sham press release on them confirming they have reached an agreement with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham to hand over Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey to a civilian administration and release each other group detainees.1 year ago
Ahrar al-Sham press release on them confirming they have reached an agreement with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham to hand over Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey to a civilian administration and release each other group detainees.
Hezbollah fighters infiltrating into Arsal region from territory controlled by Lebanese Army1 year ago
Hezbollah fighters infiltrating into Arsal region from territory controlled by Lebanese Army
1 year ago
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham announces control of the village of Kafr Yahmul following the withdrawal of Ahrar al-Sham.
1 year ago
A group of Kurdish Syrians joined FSA Ahl al-Diyar Operations Room
A group of Kurdish Syrians joined FSA Ahl al-Diyar Operations Room
1 year ago
Reports about capture Al-Dahel and Al-Eakershy villages in East Raqqa CS are false
1 year ago
Ahrar al-Sham withdraws from the villages of "Karsa - Rasha - The court and the village of Tremala - the headquarters of the 57 - Maraat al-Seen - Barabu - Qasabiya - al-Faqiya" located in Jabal Shshabuh and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham took control of them.
More Hezbollah fighters killed by Rebels in West Qalamoun. FSA-led Coalition Saraya Ahl Al-Sham fighting with  HTS claims 30 KIA. 1 POW.1 year ago
More Hezbollah fighters killed by Rebels in West Qalamoun. FSA-led Coalition Saraya Ahl Al-Sham fighting with HTS claims 30 KIA. 1 POW.
1 year ago
Airstrikes hits Al Mayadin City eastern Deir Ezzor
1 year ago
SOHR: 68 Rebels and 15 civilians have been at least killed during the infighting in Idlib Governorate during the last 72 hours.
1 year ago
Al Masdar: Syrian Army advances 30 kilometers through ISIS-held eastern Raqqa and Captured Dalhah and Ukayrishah
1 year ago
Protest in Maarat Al Numan in support of Saraqib against HTS
Protest in Maarat Al Numan in support of Saraqib against HTS
1 year ago
US officials say Russia for 1st time moved 3 Su-25 "Frogfoot" jets from airbase in Latakia along Syria coast to Tiyas (T-4) airbase in Homs
1 year ago
Hezbollah confirms its fighters have begun operation against militants on both sides of border with Syria
1 year ago
[email protected] Strike Update: Near Raqqah, 16 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 13 positions
Zinki said Faylaq al-Sham pulled back their peacekeeping troops and thus, the whole thing won't continue. So no more peacekeepers.1 year ago
Zinki said Faylaq al-Sham pulled back their peacekeeping troops and thus, the whole thing won't continue. So no more peacekeepers.
Funeral in Afrin for killed YPG fighter in clashes near Ayn Daqna1 year ago
Funeral in Afrin for killed YPG fighter in clashes near Ayn Daqna
One of the Euphrates Shield forces Ceys-al Ahfad has entered Bab-al Hawa border crossing to support Ahrar al Sham.1 year ago
One of the Euphrates Shield forces Ceys-al Ahfad has entered Bab-al Hawa border crossing to support Ahrar al Sham.
1 year ago
East Homs. 25+ SAA soldiers killed by Da'esh near T3 Airbase
1 year ago
9kms left to As Sukhnah from South-West for Syrian army and allies
1 year ago
Arsal: Lebanese President Michel Aoun says he has been "following security developments on the Syrian-Lebanese border since this morning."
Confirmed YPG SDF using drones to target ISIS, Raqqa1 year ago
Confirmed YPG SDF using drones to target ISIS, Raqqa
Fighters from Euphrates Shield at the Bab al-Hawa crossing into Idlib last night, after crossing from northern Aleppo through Turkey1 year ago
Fighters from Euphrates Shield at the Bab al-Hawa crossing into Idlib last night, after crossing from northern Aleppo through Turkey
Before withdraw Ahrar is burning their posts near Bab al Hawa1 year ago
Before withdraw Ahrar is burning their posts near Bab al Hawa
1 year ago
Faylaq/Zinki peacekeeping force commander says they're heading to the areas of clashes and will respond to any attacks against their forces.
Faylaq/Zinki peacekeeping force commander says they're heading to the areas of clashes and will respond to any attacks against their forces.
1 year ago
A senior leader with Ahrar, Faruq, who Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham members said fled to Turkey is in Bab al-Hawa and vows to defend against "Khawarij". Faruq also calls out specifically al-Jawlani and more significantly, ex Ahrar leader Abu Jabir, as traitors to the revolution.
A senior leader with Ahrar, Faruq, who Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham members said fled to Turkey is in Bab al-Hawa and vows to defend against Khawarij. Faruq also calls out specifically al-Jawlani and more significantly, ex Ahrar leader Abu Jabir, as traitors to the revolution.
SDF fighters are heading towards the frontlines in Raqqa1 year ago
SDF fighters are heading towards the frontlines in Raqqa
Statement by Faylaq al-Sham and Harakat Nuruddin al-Zinki calling for peace and  mediation (between Ahrar and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham) and offering to deploy their forces as peacekeepers.1 year ago
Statement by Faylaq al-Sham and Harakat Nuruddin al-Zinki calling for peace and mediation (between Ahrar and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham) and offering to deploy their forces as peacekeepers.
1 year ago
New statement by Ahrar al-Sham's leader Ali al-Umar, vowing to "keep defending the revolution from transgressors".
New statement by Ahrar al-Sham's leader Ali al-Umar, vowing to keep defending the revolution from transgressors.
SDF surveillance cameras showed how to track down and identify IS points to avoid hitting civilians and keeping them safe1 year ago
SDF surveillance cameras showed how to track down and identify IS points to avoid hitting civilians and keeping them safe
1 year ago
Heavy clashes between SDF forces and ISIL in three districts of Raqqa: At least 8 ISIL killed
Pro-Assad forces gained control over Tilat Al Burkan in Western Qalamun1 year ago
Pro-Assad forces gained control over "Tilat Al Burkan" in Western Qalamun
1 year ago
Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack on militants near Lebanese border.
Report sharing information about the LAF Commandos/Hezbollah/SAA SRG military operations against Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.1 year ago
Report sharing information about the LAF Commandos/Hezbollah/SAA SRG military operations against Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.
1 year ago
Heavy shelling targeting residential buildings in Ein Tarma this morning; for the past two hours, heavy and medium weapons have been used by Government forces.
During the past 48 hours, 50+ Syrian Army forces were killed due to the recklessness of some officers near al-Tanaf Syrian desert and Rayhan farms in eastern Ghouta, Syria.1 year ago
During the past 48 hours, 50+ Syrian Army forces were killed due to the recklessness of some officers near al-Tanaf Syrian desert and Rayhan farms in eastern Ghouta, Syria.
1 year ago
The Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an operation today against militants in an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said.
Video allegedly shows the arrival of the second batch of Turkish-backed rebel fighters to the Bab al-Hawa border crossing to fight in the ranks of Ahrar al-Sham against Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.1 year ago
Video allegedly shows the arrival of the second batch of Turkish-backed rebel fighters to the Bab al-Hawa border crossing to fight in the ranks of Ahrar al-Sham against Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.
Has Russia pursued any sort of serious strategy to counter IS in Syria? No, says .@CIA's Pompeo, Only the most minimal of efforts.1 year ago
Has Russia pursued any sort of serious strategy to counter IS in Syria? "No", says [email protected]'s Pompeo, "Only the most minimal" of efforts.
1 year ago
"I'm sort of kidding," adds [email protected] Director Mike Pompeo regarding his Russian naval port comment. "I think they (Russia) find any place where they can make our lives more difficult...useful to them".
Are the Kurds a friend in Syria? It's a complicated question, says .@CIA Director Mike Pompeo. I don't think you can speak about the Kurds as an individual element per Pompeo, there are places we are definitely working alongside them.1 year ago
Are the Kurds a friend in Syria? "It's a complicated question," says [email protected] Director Mike Pompeo. "I don't think you can speak about the Kurds as an individual element" per Pompeo, "there are places we are definitely working alongside them".
America's interests are larger than just Syria, per CIA's Pompeo. We have to think about Syria in the context of the greater Middle East. The US interest is in providing the conditions so we can have a more stable Middle East... and keep America safe.1 year ago
"America's interests are larger than just Syria," per CIA's Pompeo. "We have to think about Syria in the context of the greater Middle East". The US interest is in "providing the conditions so we can have a more stable Middle East... and keep America safe".
We certainly are trying to find places we can work alongside the Russians, .@CIA's Pompeo says, But we don't have the same set of interests. Hence, we're staring at the places we can find to achieve American outcomes in Syria. When the decision was made to allow the Russians to enter into Syria now 4 years ago, it fundamentally changed the landscape, and, it's certainly been worse for the Syrian people.1 year ago
"We certainly are trying to find places we can work alongside the Russians," [email protected]'s Pompeo says, "But we don't have the same set of interests". Hence, "we're staring at the places we can find to achieve American outcomes" in Syria. "When the decision was made to allow the Russians to enter into Syria now 4 years ago, it fundamentally changed the landscape", and, "it's certainly been worse for the Syrian people".
1 year ago
As a lawmaker, Pompeo complained when Obama allowed CIA backed rebels to be bombed. Tonight, no comment on cutting them off.
1 year ago
CIA's Pompeo on Russia's interest in Syria: "They love a warm water naval port and they love to stick it to America."
1 year ago
“It’s difficult to imagine a stable Syria with Assad still in power. He’s a puppet of the Iranians” — CIA Director Pompeo.
1 year ago
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham declares they have seized control of the town of Atmeh in rural Idlib near the border with Turkey, after the withdrawal of Ahrar al-Sham.
1 year ago
Violent clashes reported between the rebels and PYD fighters on the Muhsenali front located in the south Jarablus countryside.
Who is the US's enemy in Syria? .@CIA Director Mike Pompeo tells Aspen Security that IS and Iran are and that Iran is extending its boundary, extending its reach and Iran now has a significant foothold in Syria. He does not mention Assad as an enemy.1 year ago
Who is the US's enemy in Syria? [email protected] Director Mike Pompeo tells Aspen Security that IS and Iran are and that Iran is "extending its boundary, extending its reach" and Iran "now has a significant foothold in Syria". He does not mention Assad as an enemy.
1 year ago
A girl was killed and three civilians were injured today as a result of the clashes between Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham in the vicinity of the city of Sarmadā in Idlib Governorate, Syria.
1 year ago
Syrian jets bomb border area with Lebanon, near Arsal, where a wide offensive by Hezbollah could be start soon: reports
12 Technicals entered Babal Hawa coming from Euphratesshield area, with heavy to medium mounted guns.1 year ago
It's rumor, not confirmed information, possible fake or hoax
12 Technicals entered Babal Hawa coming from #Euphratesshield area, with heavy to medium mounted guns.
1 year ago
HTS publishes message to Ahrar in Bab Al Hawa: To our brothers leading Ahrar: Come out to your brothers with honor and dignity, you'll have safety & security. Then we'll sit together & discuss how to unite, save our revolution & correct it's path"
1 year ago
Ahrar al-Sham seizes control of Kafaldin village near Bab al-Hawa in the countryside of Idlib after battles with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.
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