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PublishDate: Saturday, March 23, 2013 13:10

CIA provides intelligence to Syrian rebels

The US CIA has been feeding information to select rebel fighters in Syria to try to make them more effective against government troops.

The US Central Intelligence Agency has been feeding information to select rebel fighters in Syria to try to make them more effective against government troops.

Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the newspaper said the new CIA effort reflected a change in the administration’s approach that aims to strengthen rebels.

The CIA has sent officers to Turkey to help vet rebels who receive arms shipments from Gulf allies, the report said.

But administration officials cited concerns about some weapons going to Islamists, the paper noted.

According to the report, the West favours fighters a

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