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It's a new claims today that the US may be fighting a proxy war with Syria sources telling Fox News that the CI today.
Is providing intelligence information to the Syrian opposition.
And it might be doing even more American special ops forces are training Syrian rebel fighters in Jordan.
General Jack -- a retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army Fox News military analyst -- that and more general good to see you good morning.
Good morning -- Well first of all I want to ask is this -- situation are you completely convinced it's not that we're training rebels and we really don't know who they are.
Well I suspect we know who they are I do believe the open sources that are reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency has organized a training effort.
I don't know what they -- special ops are actually involved in that I'm not that it's likely that they probably would be.
I think this is largely a good effort I suspect they're training leaders.
Those who who can go back and pass that trying to in on.
You know to that troops and I think it's it's not a large scale effort so it's not something in of itself that would be decisive but -- -- -- helpful.
-- they are sending special laps whether it's CIA our military.
By a yet to want you to the rebels were -- were putting a lot of resource is in here.
And we're facing some serious budget cuts through sequestration.
Next week I'll visit the Pentagon try to learn more about it.
Is this really where we need to be.
Well absolutely I think is the Syrian situation has been -- -- for two years now and -- truth is we have not played a role in Syria I think it's part of our unstated policy of pulling away.
From the Middle East I'm gratified to see that we are doing something I think we we need to do more to influence -- A positive outcome so we want to depose Assad.
But we also want to have a government that takes over that'll certainly be friendly to the region and not be a radical Islamist government.
Look at the same time general while we appreciate all the hard work that goes and it's been eight months as long as eight months that we're doing this to train these forces.
To fight aside.
Are you give them your report card are you seeing any difference because there's talk of chemical weapons in -- -- still slaughtering are we getting the job done.
They're great question the fact is we have a stalemate.
Of -- -- forces.
Control the major population centers on the coast.
Be a rebel forces control a lot of the north and some some of the east.
The rebel forces do not have the combat power to lay siege to Damascus.
And -- -- and -- -- sought out because of -- When they try to do that a sub comes and will this air power and he literally crushes them also rebels -- not have the logistics.
To be able to stay in an extended fight for very long that means logistics.
And supplies so we're at a stalemate if we want to change that stalemate.
I think two things have to happen one is I believe the secretary of state is having these discussions now but I don't know for a fact.
But I believe he is and that is is to provide lethal aid to the rebels.
Anti tank weapons at -- aircraft weapons and finally I agree with -- eleven Senator McCain who have called for.
A no fly zone -- shut down the sobs I have power if that happens.
Then the tables truly turn but for that the happen.
That means a direct intervention by the United States in the war I'm curious just -- Yasser now diplomacy.
-- Diplomacy is pretty much -- in terms.
The military solution to the war in terms.
Influencing the outcome post Asad regime very much alive.
We have to get their first I assume general -- always so interesting to speak with you thank you so much for joining us today.
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