Obama signs order supporting Syria's rebels, reports say
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.
The White House is for now apparently stopping short of arming the rebels directly, even though some US allies are.
But US and European officials have said that there have been noticeable improvements in the coherence and effectiveness of Syrian rebel groups in the past few weeks. That represents a significant change in assessments of the rebels by western officials, who previously characterised Assad's opponents as a disorganised, chaotic, rabble.
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