Budget cut in secret CIA Syria operation

The House Intelligence Committee has approved a funding cut of 20% to a covert operation that trained Syrian opposition forces.

Budget cut in secret CIA Syria operation

World Bulletin / News Desk

Key lawmakers have decided to slash funding for a secret CIA operation that trained and armed rebels in Syria.

The House Intelligence Committee made a unanimous decision to cut as much as 20 percent of the funds flowing into a CIA program that officials said has become one of the agency's largest covert operations overseas, with a budget approaching $1 billion a year.

“There is a great deal of concern on a very bipartisan basis with our strategy in Syria,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a Democrat on the House intelligence panel.

The cuts to the CIA program are included in a preliminary intelligence spending bill that is expected to be voted on in the House next week.

The decision has caused concern among CIA and White House officials, who warned that cutting funds to the CIA effort could weaken U.S.-backed insurgents just as they have begun to emerge as effective fighters.

The White House declined to comment.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2015, 16:25