The leader of al-Nusra has met with two CIA officers as well as the Saudi deputy minister of defense Prince Salman bin Sultan in Jordan’s capital city of Amman.
Al-Alam According to former Austrian general, Matthias Ghalem, al-Nusra Front leader Abu-Mohammad al-Jolani signed a financial-military contract to confront upcoming military and security challenges in southern Syria in near future.
Ghalem who quoted Colonel Ahmed al-Naameh, head of the rebel Revolutionary Military Council in southern Syria, said that two deputies of Robert Stephen Ford, US former ambassador to Syria, were also presented in the meeting. Saudi deputy minister of defense Prince Salman bin Sultan also participated in the meeting on behalf of his brother Bandar Bin Sultan who is in charge of surveying Syria developments and scheming new operations for fighting Bashar Assad in this regards.
CIA operatives have been secretly providing the Syrian militants with training on the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons for months, The Los Angeles Times reported earlier. Since the opening of a new US base in the desert in southwest of Jordan in November 2012, the CIA operatives and US special operations troops have covertly trained the militants in groups of 20 to 45 at a time in two-week courses.
The militants receive training with Russian-designed 14.5-millimeter anti-tank rifles, anti-tank missiles, and 23-millimeter anti-aircraft weapons, according to a militant commander in the Syrian province of Dara’a. The training program has also been conducted in Turkey, the report said.
The report comes weeks after President Barack Obama ordered the CIA to directly provide the militants in Syria with weapons.