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Just How Extremist Are the Rebels in Syria?

posted on September 17, 2013

At The Daily Beast, Jamie Dettmer reports, “Nearly half of the rebel forces battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are jihadist or hardline Islamists, a British defense consultancy has warned its private clients, thus contradicting claims by Obama administration officials that opposition ranks are predominantly moderate.” Jonathan Schanzer, a Middle East scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, “[M]ost of the rebels fighting in Syria are fighting in the name of religion, and that augurs badly for what happens after Assad.”

Read at The Daily Beast