Turkey paying for guns sent to Syrian rebels by CIA: Report
A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on June 18, 2012 shows Free Syrian Army militants listening to instructions during a training session in an area on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Homs. AFP PhotoTurkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are allegedly paying for weapons sent to Syrian opposition rebels through CIA operatives working on Turkish soil, the New York Times has reported.
According to statements made by American officials and Arab intelligence officers, weapons such as grenades and rifles are being passed onto Syrian rebels through southern Turkey under the provision of CIA operatives working on the ground.
Operations are being conducted under secrecy and are funded by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to the New York Times.
CIA officials are trying hard to block any possible attempt by al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups from obtaining weaponry that is meant for Syrian opposition militants. The intelligence agency is also constantly attempting to build networks of communication and create allies within opposition circles.
The CIA is considering whether to provide further assistance to the rebels, including satellite images and intelligence, according to the report.
The White House, State Department and CIA have declined to comment on the claims.