Editors notes: The US continues to claim “our” hands are clean with respect to the Syrian conflict/atrocities , however if you can think your way around the propaganda you can piece together the puzzle. NATO/US/CIA/Gulf State allies are supplying weapons acquired from the past Libyan Civil War to the mercenaries/ Al Qaeda, as well as smuggling in arms through Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. The US is funding and directing Al Qaeda mercenaries in Syria to restore a free democratic society in Syria (?). Al Qaeda might as well be classified a special operations unit of the US military. (Read: Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles , Syria rebels get light arms, heavy weapons elusive and Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors’ money, U.S. coordination
President Barack Obama signed a secret order authorising US support earlier this year allowing the sharing of intelligence information by American agencies to help oust Bashar al-Assad, sources told the Reuters news agency.
The Obama administration has stated publicly that it is providing some “non lethal” backing for Assad’s opponents – including $25 million set aside for assistance this week – but the sharing of intelligence had not been known.
According to the source, the order has allowed US agents to work closely with a clandestine command centre based in Turkey, believed to be in Adama, a city 60 miles from the Syrian border. Incirlik, a US airbase, is also in the city.
The White House has stopped short of arming rebel forces although some US allies have been actively supplying weapons.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are largely financing the anti-Assad effort, supplying guns and a limited number of anti-tank weapons, such as bazookas.
US agencies have not been involved in providing weapons to Assad’s opponents, the secret order indicates. In order to do so, President Obama would have to approve a supplement, known as a “memorandum of notification”.
News of support from US intelligence agencies follows last month’s failure of the UN Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.