LA Times: US began training Syrian rebels in 2012

June 22, 2013 03:36

American intelligence and military personnel have for months been providing weapons training to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

The newspaper cited US officials and rebel commanders who confirmed that CIA operatives and American special operations units have been training the rebels – primarily from the Free Syrian Army - with anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons since late 2012.The newspaper reported that the training took place at covert bases in Jordan and Turkey. So far, the Obama administration has been hesitant to sanction large-scale military aid to the rebels for fear that the arms could end up in the hands of radical Islamists currently fighting the Assad regime.

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