New revelations have come to light that explain President Trump's recent decision to end the CIA's covert weapons in Syria. While regime change hawks were thrown into a frenzy over the recent decision, the real story is what specifically impacted the president's thinking and caused him to end the program that supplied weapons to the so-called moderate rebels — many of which are actually known terrorist groups.
In the August edition of The Weekly Standard, Thomas Joscely, Middle East expert for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies, detailed the specifics surrounding Trump's change of heart regarding the covert CIA weapons program:
"Earlier this year, President Donald Trump was shown a disturbing video of Syrian rebels beheading a child near the city of Aleppo. It had caused a minor stir in the press as the fighters belonged to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a group that had been supported by the CIA as part of its rebel aid program…"
"The footage is haunting. Five bearded men smirk as they surround a boy in the back of a pickup truck. One of them holds the boy's head with a tight grip on his hair while another mockingly slaps his face. Then, one of them uses a knife to saw the child's head off and holds it up in the air like a trophy. It is a scene reminiscent of the Islamic State's snuff videos, except this wasn't the work of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's men. The murderers were supposed to be the good guys: our allies."