According to Reuters, the White House has drafted a presidential directive called a "finding" that would authorize the U.S. to provide greater covert assistance to Syrian rebels, who are battling government forces in Aleppo, the country's largest city. It's unclear whether Obama has signed the document, but it would seek to help rebels by sharing intelligence on the unyielding regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and increase supplies of communications equipment — while stopping short of arming anti-government fighters. Obama has been criticized for moving "too cautiously" as Assad's forces have killed thousands in the more than year-long crisis. But on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled a shift in the U.S. response to the bloody conflict, noting that the administration would be "increasing our efforts to assist the opposition."
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