A new study from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has revealed that one of its key strategies of arming and training foreign groups to intervene in a country is ineffective.
The internal report is still classified, but according to U.S. newspaper The New York Times, it concludes that training foreign rebels has a minimal impact in the result of an armed conflict.
The review was commissioned by President Barack Obama between 2012 and 2013 to determine if it was convenient for the U.S. to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight against President Bashar al-Assad.
In April 2013, Obama authorized the CIA to start training Syrian rebels at a base in Jordan. Ironically, the Syrian forces will now fight against the militants of Islamic State group, enemies of al-Assad, though their future role remains unclear.
“One of the things that Obama wanted to know was: Did this ever work?” said one former senior administration official, quoted by The New York Times.
The study “was pretty dour in its conclusions,” added the anonymous official.