Syrian rebel delegation in US seeks revival of CIA aid Jan 16, 2018 0 223 12345 ReutersAMMANFree Syrian Army envoys have urged US officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid if it is serious about challenging growing Iranian influence in Syria, according to Syrian opposition figures.Mustafa Sejari, a senior official in Syria's mainstream rebel group, said the envoys described to US officials the damaging impact of President Donald Trump's decision last year to stop equipping and training certain rebel groups.Trump's move was driven by a wish to focus on fighting Islamic State militants and to improve relations with Russia, as well as a lack of results from the CIA's support of the FSA, US officials suggested."We endorse President Trump's statements about the need to confront Iranian hegemony in the region. It is time to turn words into action. Until now on the ground it's the Iranian militias that are expanding without serious resistance,"Sejari told Reuters by telephone from Washington."With every US statement about the need to confront Iran's influence, Iran has been expanding in Syria while moderate forces that are backed by Washington see aid being dried up and are weakened,"Sejari said."We asked for the resumption of aid and explained the dangers of leaving moderate FSA forces without support."Sejari said the delegation's meetings had included members of the US Congress and officials from the White House, and they hoped for sessions with Defense Department and State Department officials. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Erdogan vows to 'strangle' US-backed Syria force 'before it's even born' Jan 16, 2018 0 1039 Peace efforts can only resume under int'l mediation, says Abbas Jan 16, 2018 0 183 Lebanon bans Spielberg film, Israeli adventurer biopic Jan 16, 2018 0 156 Disabled Palestinian killed by Israeli fire: Hamas autopsy AFP Gaza City, Palestinian Territories The autopsy of a disabled Palestinian protester killed in December showed Israeli fire was responsible for his death, a Hamas-affiliated commission in Gaza said Monday. Ibrahim .. Iran frees 440 people arrested during protests LONDON: Iran has freed 440 people arrested in Tehran during anti-government protests, a judiciary official said, amid continuing uncertainty over how many were detained around the country. The demonstrations, which .. Egypt says does not want war as tension grows with Sudan CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday Egypt is not conspiring against its neighbours and has no intention to fight, a reference to growing tension with Sudan. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, .. Clashes at Libya international airport kill 20 Tripoli: Fighting at the Libyan capital's only working international airport killed at least 20 people Monday, officials said, after militiamen attacked it in an attempt to free colleagues held at a jail there. .. Iraq reports 'atmosphere of trust' in talks with Kurds Reuters BAGHDAD Iraq's central government said"an atmosphere of trust"marked talks held on Monday with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to resolve a conflict that triggered armed clashes in October. Envoys .. Remand extended for Palestinian teen in viral 'slap' video case Ofer Military Court: An Israeli military court on Monday ordered a Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers held in custody for at least another two days. Ahed Tamimi, 16, .. Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children: HRW Nairobi: Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents are increasingly threatening civilians to force them to hand over young children for"indoctrination and military training", Human Rights Watch (HRW) said .. Twin suicide blasts kill 31 in Baghdad AFP Baghdad Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Monday for the elimination of jihadist"sleeper cells"after a twin suicide bombing killed 31 people in Baghdad in the second such attack in three days. There ..