"President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials."https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-ends-covert-cia-program-to-arm-anti-assad-rebels-in-syria-a-move-sought-by-moscow/2017/07/19/b6821a62-6beb-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.8962c66240ca
Some analysts said the decision was likely to empower more radical groups inside Syria and damage the credibility of the United States.
"We are falling into a Russian trap,' said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, who focuses on the Syrian resistance. “We are making the moderate resistance more and more vulnerable. . . . We are really cutting them off at the neck."
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, known for his hawkish views toward Russia, tweeted that "if true – and I hope it’s not – it would be a complete capitulation to Assad, Russia, and Iran."
Tell your nieces and nephews to take Russian language classes -- it appears they are really going to need them.