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Syrian rebels sit in a pickup in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday. (Alberto Prieto/AP) Syrian rebels sit in a pickup in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday. (Alberto Prieto/AP)  

Report: Obama signed secret support of Syrian rebels

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, sources familiar with the matter said.

Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.

This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad’s armed opponents – a shift that intensified following last month’s failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.

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