The growing scandal over cooked ISIS intelligence just got much worse. Now, intel analysts are saying they’re being forced out for not toeing the Obama administration’s line on the war.
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Two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria. It’s the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war.
One of the analysts alleging reprisals is the top analyst in charge of Syria issues at CENTCOM. He and a colleague doubted rebels’ capabilities and their commitment to U.S. objectives in the region. The analysts have been effectively sidelined from their positions and will no longer be working at CENTCOM.
The fired analysts allege that leaders are fudging intelligence reports about U.S. efforts to attack ISIS, and that a $500 million program to train and arm fighters “failed spectacularly” and was a joke.
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