A report has disclosed that the US has been involved in training militants fighting against the Syrian government in the neighboring country of Jordan.
American and foreign officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that "the training has been taking place since late last year at an unspecified location" in Jordan. Officials added that the training is being conducted by US intelligence officers. Other countries such as Britain and France are also involved in the operation, officials said, adding "the effort is ongoing." White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday confirmed that Washington has "provided some logistical nonlethal support that has also come in handy for the Syrian rebels." "That is something we're going to continue to work," he told reporters. Also, The New York Times said in a recent report that the CIA has played a major role in locating weapons sources and coordinating huge arms shipments to militants in Syria by governments of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan. With help from the CIA, Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to the militants in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The report added that the airlifts began on a small scale a year ago but has expanded steadily to more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari planes landing at Turkish and Jordanian airports. The shipment of weapons from Qatar and Saudi Arabia climbed drastically in late fall as Turkish government allowed the pace of arms airlifts for anti-Damascus groups to accelerate. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.