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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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John McCain Says Rebels Targeted By Russian Air Strikes Were Armed And Trained By CIA
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Stream: October 1, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
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Russian Airstrikes In Syria Clearing The Way For Iranian and Hezbollah Ground Assault -- Reuters

US Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, has told CNN that rebel fighters trained and armed by the CIA were among those targeted by Russian air strikes:

“I can absolutely confirm to you that they were strikes against the Free Syrian Army or groups that have been armed and trained by the CIA because we have communication with people there."

The rebels appear to be reporting the same thing:

Yesterday, a Free Syrian Army rebel unit was struck in Al Lataminah in northwest Hama province. Those rebels gave interviews to media outlets in which they said that they had recently received TOW anti-tank missiles from a "foreign power." The Institute for the Study of War told The Interpreter that the group that was hit was Tajama’a al-Izza, a group which had received anti-tank missiles from Turkey. We know, however, that all groups that are receiving arms would have to be cleared by the US. It's not clear, however, whether Tajama’a al-Izza is the group referenced by John McCain or AFP.

-- James Miller, Pierre Vaux