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August 1st, 2012
08:34 PM ET

U.S. expands role in Syria with covert support for rebels

CNN has learned that President Barack Obama has authorized covert U.S. support for Syrian rebels.

CNN's Elise Labott reports.

Obama authorized covert support for Syrian rebels, sources say

President Barack Obama has signed a covert directive authorizing U.S. support for Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces, U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday.

The secret order, referred to as an intelligence "finding," allows for clandestine support by the CIA and other agencies.

It was unclear when the president signed the authorization for Syria, but the sources said it was within the past several months.

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