U.S. Intel Saw Rebel Collapse
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. intelligence community, while still assuring
allies of his regime's imminent collapse, determined as early as April 2013
that President Bashar Assad was reversing Sunni rebel gains in Syria.
The State Department issued a classified briefing on June 10 that warned
of a rebel defeat, particularly that of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army,
in the more than two-year-old war against Assad. Amid the briefing, the
department and other agencies in the administration of President Barack
Obama insisted that the Assad regime was disintegrating.