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The United States’ Covert Efforts in Syria Enabled the Development of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq https://t.co/C7LxIQ2WFx

The civil war in Syria has been in news headlines since 2011 and is now in its fifth year. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is a recognized organization fighting to oust the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Joining in the fight against President Assad and his government was the group previously known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq or “AQI” (Newsweek Global, 2014). The AQI changed its name to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS) and is now the transnational terrorist organization calling itself “the Islamic State” (Newsweek, 2014). Throughout this paper the IS may also be referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, ISIS, or the Arabic name Da’esh . The covert efforts of the CIA and the failed attempts of President Obama to oust President Assad has in fact bolstered the combat capabilities of ISIS. This paper will look at the U.S.’s actions in Syria and the CIA’s ac...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-united-states%E2...

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