The CIA is stockpiling weapons shipped in Jordan to prepare militants for a concerted onslaught against the Syrian government in August, a report says.

The US intelligence agency will continue mobilizing arms, including anti - tank missiles, in Jordan for three weeks to lay the ground for the assault, The Wall Street Journal reported. The agency will spend another two weeks on choosing among the militants and training them, the report adds. The CIA is working with France to move arms obtained by the European countries to Jordan and Saudi Arabia is expected to send shoulder - fired antiaircraft missiles, known as Manpads, to the militants being trained in Syria’s southern neighbor, according to the US daily. From August, the CIA will coordinate sending hundreds of trained militants into Syria every month as part of the agency’s covert plan authorized by President Barack Obama earlier this month, the paper added. The Obama administration fears that the recent advances by the Syrian army will continue to gain momentum and has therefore decided to bolster the militants, according to current and former US officials. This is while the White House had claimed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against the militants and by crossing the US red line had prompted Washington to directly arm the militants. The CIA had coordinated the shipment of weapons to the militants in Syria months before Obama’s green light. Russia has warned the US that the weapons they send may end up in the hands of terrorists.

Syria crisis started as pro - reform protests but with interventions by the United States, UK and their regional and Western allies it soon turned to a massive insurgency which took in numerous terrorist groups from all over Europe and the Middle East to wage one of the bloodiest wars the region has ever experienced.

The war, which many fear is turning to a “war of hatred”, has already taken more than 90,000 lives.