WASHINGTON—U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in part to help organize their burgeoning military operations against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to senior U.S. officials.
As part of the efforts, the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department—working with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other allies—are helping the opposition Free Syrian Army develop logistical routes for moving supplies into Syria and providing communications training.
U.S. officials also are considering sharing intelligence with the Free Syrian Army, or FSA, to allow the rebels to evade pro-Assad forces, which are believed to be getting intelligence, arms …
US, UK, France initiate Security Council motion for military intervention in Syria
British Foreign Secretary William Hague is to meet urgently with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov Thursday for a last bid to gain Moscow’s cooperation in stopping the violence in Syria, or else the three allies will unilaterally impose a no-fly zone over the embattled country. (DEBKAfile exclusively reported this option Monday, June 11.) In Paris, French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius said that the Assad regime had lost its right to exist and all measures including military action and a no-fly zone must be used to remove it.
Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Moscow to use its full influence to secure a peaceful resolution to the unrest in Syria, when he met his Russian counterpart in Afghanistan.