Many including myself had suspected that the US role was more than a spectator in the Syrian civil War. Now the White House is being open about the policy of providing covert assistance to Syrian Rebels (but not weapons) that was put into place earlier this year.
Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebelsI'm happy to hear that the US is getting more strident in its support for the Syrian Rebels, strengthening the Administration's demand for Assad to step down. I just wish they would do more to hasten the demise of the Assad regime.
By Mark Hosenball
Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.
This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad's armed opponents - a shift that intensified following last month's failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.
The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just that.