Report: White House authorizes intel support for Syrian rebels

Reuters first reported news of the classified presidential finding granting intelligence support to the Syrian rebels on Wednesday. 

Details remain unclear on when President Obama approved support for the rebel forces or what specific actions it allows the CIA and the rest of the intelligence community to take in support of efforts to depose Assad.

However, the administration's finding could pave the way for U.S. participation in a covert command center along the Turkey-Syria border to facilitate communications and intelligence support to Syrian rebels. 

The command center would be under the control of Ankara and its allies and located 60 miles from the Syrian border, near the U.S. Air Force base in Incirlik, a government source tells Reuters. 

In June, reports surfaced that CIA operatives and their counterparts in MI6, the United Kingdom's foreign-intelligence wing, have been gathering reams of raw intelligence gleaned from American and British satellites and other electronic intelligence assets in the skies above Syria. 

Washington and London are passing on those bits of actionable intelligence to CIA and MI6 agents on the ground, who then pass the information to rebel leaders, the U.K's Daily Star reported at the time. 

The administration's decision to take a larger role in the escalating civil war in Syria comes as former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan formally resigned as the special envoy to Syria. 

Annan was the chief architect of a peace plan in March, a plan widely considered a failure after Assad refused to comply on the terms of the deal and his troops opened fire on U.N. observers tasked with keeping the peace.