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Report: CIA feeding intel to Syrian rebel forces
By JPOST.COM STAFF
03/23/2013
Attempting to circumvent al-Qaida's increased influence in a potential post-President Bashar Assad Syria, the CIA has begun to trickle intelligence information to select rebel fighters, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing US officials.

At the moment only limited intelligence is being passed along as it is unclear at this point which rebel groups can be trusted by the CIA, according to the officials.

US, European and Arab officials said the move is based on the US and Israel's changing preference for dealing with secular groups amid hopes that they will be more cooperative when rebuilding Syria's leadership structure if Assad falls.

According to the officials, a similar motivation behind the move could be US counter-terrorism reports that the al Nusra Front, a terrorist group operating in Syria, is possibly strengthening its connections to the al-Qaida leadership based in Pakistan.
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