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Report: CIA helping arm Syrian rebels
 
Free Syrian Army fighters patrol a street near Homs on May 5: The U.N.'s 300-person observer mission has been suspended due to increased violence.
Free Syrian Army fighters patrol a street near Homs on May 5: The U.N.'s 300-person observer mission has been suspended due to increased violence.
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A small contingent of CIA operatives is helping steer arms to Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime, U.S. officials and Arab intelligence sources tell The New York Times. The automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank weapons, and ammunition are reportedly being provided by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, then smuggled across the Turkey-Syria border. The CIA officers are helping decide which groups get the weapons, and which — such as al Qaeda affiliates and other terrorist groups — do not.

 

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