Thursday, August 27, 2015

Centcom Defends Skewing ISIS War Intel -

While most of the Pentagon is going out of its way to avoid comment on yesterday’s revelation of an ongoing inspectors general investigation into deliberate “skewing” of intelligence assessments on the ISIS war by Centcom, the Central Command itself is defiant, insisting that it acted entirely appropriately in its reports ...

The inspectors general also appear to be giving credence to the DIA complaints, as reports are that they formally informed the Congressional intelligence committees of the possibility that the reports they’ve been getting on the ISIS war were deliberately “reworked” to sound more upbeat than reality, and upgraded their initial inquiry into a full-scale investigation.
That so many in the Pentagon are so eager to avoid comment underscores that this inquiry goes well beyond usual cross-agency disagreements, and into serious doubts about whether or not the intelligence being produced on one of America’s largest wars is being deliberately altered to make the war sound like less of a failure.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MIDDLE EAST AUGUST 24, 2015 Syrian rebels: Turkey tipped al Qaida group to U.S.-trained fighters McClatchy

The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy.
The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.
Rebels familiar with the events said they believe the arrival plans were leaked because Turkish officials were worried that while the group’s intended target was the Islamic State, the U.S.-trained Syrians would form a vanguard for attacking Islamist fighters that Turkey is close to, including Nusra and another major Islamist force, Ahrar al Sham....

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