The United States has reportedly started funneling weapons and technical equipment to rebel fighters in Syria.
Citing US and Syrian sources, the Washington Post wrote that the CIA had begun delivering shipments of lethal aid in the past fortnight.
The newspaper reported on its website that the US State Department has sent separate shipments of vehicles and other materials, including new types of non-lethal gear, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits.
The CIA said it had no comment on the Washington Post report.
The arms shipments – which the daily said are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked – arrive at a crucial moment in the bloody standoff between the rebels and the Damascus government.
The Post cited US officials who said the goal of the non-lethal assistance is to help foster cohesion among units of Syria's disjointed armed opposition.