The CIA is providing intelligence support to the foreign-backed militants in Syria in an attempt to beef them up against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a report says.
Citing unnamed and former US officials, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the CIA has dispatched its officers to Turkey, to help vet the militants who receive arms supplies from Persian Gulf Arab states.
The CIA is also in cahoots with British, French and Jordanian intelligence services to train the militants how to use different types of weaponry, the report said.
The report also noted that the new CIA support for the militants in Syria will have no impact on any potential US plan to launch military strike against the Arab nation.
The news comes as a new binational YouGov-Cambridge poll indicates that the American and British public are against any foreign military intervention in Syria aimed at overthrowing the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, the EU states are also deeply divided on providing military support to the militants in Syria with two of the bloc’s recent meeting ending in no concrete result on the issue.
The militants in Syria have resorted to the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in their fight against the Assad government.
At least 25 people were killed and many others injured after militants fired a rocket containing poisonous gas into Khan al-Assal village near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on March 19.
The deadly attack came hours after Syria’s opposition coalition picked Ghassan Hitto, a naturalized American citizen, as the prime minister of the so-called opposition interim government.