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"Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorising US support for Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow the Assad government, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.
Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence finding broadly permits the CIA and other US agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust President Bashar al-Assad.
This and other developments point to growing support for Assad's armed opponents – which has intensified following last month's failure by the UN security council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government."More ... Less ...