By: Carl Wicklander
"A Reuters story this week reported that President Obama has 'signed a covert directive authorizing U.S. support for Syrian rebels battling Bashar al-Assad's forces.' Reuters also reports that Obama held a telephone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan about speeding up political transition in Syria.
"Although White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is insisting that it is only humanitarian and communication equipment, or 'non-lethal' aid, the original Reuters report states that the secret order 'broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.' With such criteria, Obama probably did not authorize just the use of telephones."
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