President Barack Obama’s Central Intelligence Agency and its allies in the region have crafted a plan to provide more-powerful weapons to so-called moderate Syrian rebels combating the Russia-backed Bashar al-Assad regime in case the ongoing fragile ceasefire fails, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has learned.

Citing unnamed U.S. and other officials, WSJ notes, “The preparations for a so-called Plan B center on providing vetted rebel units with weapons systems that would help them in directing attacks against Syrian regime aircraft and artillery positions.”

In February, the Journal revealed that Obama’s top military and intelligence advisers were urging the White House to prepare Plan B to counter Russia’s intervention on behalf of Assad in Syria.

“Since then, fresh details have emerged on the nature of the new weaponry that could be deployed under the covert program,” reports WSJ. “The preparations were discussed at a secret meeting of spy chiefs in the Middle East just before the cease-fire took effect on Feb. 27 and in follow-on exchanges between intelligence services.”

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