Wall Street Journal: CIA expands role in crisis in Syria

The Wall Street Journal quoted current and former U.S officials claiming that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is expanding its role in the fight against the Syrian government  by feeding intelligence to select rebel fighters.

The move is said to be part of a U.S. effort to stem the rise of Islamist extremists in Syria by aiding secular forces, amid fears that the fall of the Syrian government  would enable al Qaeda to flourish in Syria.

The CIA has sent officers to Turkey to help vet rebels who receive arms shipments from Gulf allies, the report said.

But administration officials cited concerns about some weapons going to Islamists, the paper noted.