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CIA base in the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil
2014.07.13 05:06:07

The US-based newspaper and website Miami Herald is reporting that a supposed "secret" CIA base in the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil is rapidly expanding as the US continues to grapple with the crisis in Iraq.

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Tags: Iraq | United States | CIA

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Jordan is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction program
2014.07.13 05:03:49

Jordan, where the US Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction program, US officials said.

Jordan's reticence, confirmed by four US officials, is a potentially serious setback for President Barack Obama's proposed $500 million initiative, announced in June, to train and arm moderate rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and al-Qaeda-linked groups.

It could signal a larger challenge in finding suitable nations willing to host the US-led training at a time of heightened tensions across much of the Middle East.

While US officials have not made a formal request to the Jordanian government, the country was widely considered a top choice to host the training due its close security relationship with Washington, proximity to neighboring Syria and pool of more than 600,000 Syrian refugees.

US officials and analysts said Jordan fears violent retaliation from Syria if its territory is used for overt training conducted by US military units.


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