CIA Said to Direct Arms in Syria

    Damage and destruction litter a street in the battered city of Qusayr, southwest of Homs in western Syria, on June 20, 2012.  The Red Cross said it will try to evacuate hundreds of civilians trapped by fierce fighting in and around the restive city of Homs, as violence killed dozens of people across Syria.
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    As Syrian shells rained down on the battered city of Homs Thursday, a handful of American black bag operatives were helping allies direct weapons to the men and women fighting back. According to the New York Times, the group of CIA officers stationed in Turkey near the Syrian border have been gathering intelligence and directing the flow of arms, in part to be sure they don’t fall into the hands of radical militants. “CIA officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people,” an Arab official told reporters. The officers have reportedly not crossed the border into Syria yet, sources said. Also on Tuesday, a Syrian fighter jet on a training mission may have defected by landing in Jordan, according to officials there. Syrian officials have not commented on the situation.

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