By Elise Labott
President Barack Obama has signed a covert directive authorizing U.S. support for Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday.
The secret order, referred to as an intelligence “finding,” allows for clandestine support by the CIA and other agencies.
It was unclear when the president signed the authorization for Syria, but the sources said it was within the past several months.
The Obama administration has said it will step up its assistance to the opposition in the wake of last month’s failure by the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against al-Assad’s regime.
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