The United States has begun shipping weapons to Jordan to arm the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to U.S. media reports.
The Wall Street Journal quoted American officials and diplomats as saying that the Central Intelligence Agency is planning to provide the insurgents with U.S. weapons within a month.
The weapons are being moved to Jordan from a network of warehouses, the report added without giving any explanation about their locations.
The officials who have been briefed by the CIA said that Saudi Arabia and other U.S. regional allies are also contributing to the plan by sending weapons to the militants.
The weaponry includes different types of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, small arms and ammunition. It would take up to three weeks to send all the weapon consignment to Jordan.
The report also added that the U.S. and its European and Arab allies have plans to train different groups of militants in Jordan on how to use the weapons.
The first groups of U.S.-trained insurgents are expected to arrive in Syria in late July or early August.
According to earlier U.S. media reports, the American military has been secretly training the militants since November last year.
The White House’s open announcement to arm and train the militants comes as the Syrian army has managed to inflict heavy defeats on the foreign–backed insurgents in recent weeks.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly insurgency for more than two years now. Damascus has long been accusing the West of fueling the flames of unrest in the country.
Many of the militants engaged in fighting against Damascus are foreign nationals including a large numbers of Takfiris.
Source: Press TV