CIA said to aid in steering arms to Syrian opposition
CIA officers are helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters will receive automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons being funneled across the Turkish border, according to The New York Times.
The small number of officers has been operating secretly in southern Turkey for several weeks. Intermediaries, including the Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, are moving the weapons, paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, across the Turkish border into Syria, the Times reported.
Part of the CIA officer’s mission is to keep the weapons away from al-Qaida allied and other terrorist groups.
The Obama administration also is considering helping the opposition setup their own intelligence service and providing satellite imagery and other intelligence of Syrian troops locations and movements, the Times reported.
Source: The New York Times