After the Obama administration decided against a full out attack on the Syrian forces, they began to revamp a failed policy. In the end, the Obama administration spent $1 billion, according to the New York Times, on what the CIA called a train-and-equip program, trying to build a rebel army, code-named Timber Sycamore. It was one of the costliest covert action programs in the history of the CIA – and it failed dismally and was eventually shut down by Trump in 2017.

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