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Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2013

al-Qaeda and Related Extremist Groups Represent Over 50% of Opposition Forces in Syria

TND Media Context Review / By Eric Dubin /

Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee early this week to make the case for military strikes against Syria.  Skepticism ran high.  Several lawmakers were concerned about Islamic extremists among the ranks of the forces opposed to the Syrian government.  Kerry told the committee that the “bad guys” only constitute “maybe 15 to 25 percent” of the opposition forces.

NBC News reports that Defense department officials estimate that al Qaeda and related groups represent “more than 50 percent” of the opposition forces, and at least 70 factions are up and running.

One of the factions that are supposedly not among the “bad guys” has a Facebook page with a graphic image of their forces marching away from a burning U.S. Capital building.  Click here to read NBC’s investigative report.















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