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Jihadist Group Prospers in Syria

Dictator Bashar al-Assad's days are numbered, as he loses credibility at home and abroad. The drawn-out fight has opened the door for extremists in Syria. Some analysts have urged the US to take military measures in support of the rebels, including a no-fly zone. But those would not have won the support from the UN Security Council, risking the wrath of China and Russia. Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post blames US President Barack Obama for not trying such measures, over-riding a war-weary electorate at home. One extremist group fighting with Syrian rebels is Jabhat al-Nusra. Diehl notes that extremism in Syria has many sources, including Assad’s brutal policies and religious differences in the region. As US officials predicted, support from many sources, including Saudi Arabia, allowed weapons to fall into the hands of extremists. Syria’s chemical weapons are also at risk. Extremists and weapons are an ongoing Middle East reality. Many question if US intervention may not bring its own set of complications, easy to say and difficult to execute. – YaleGlobal

Jihadist Group Prospers in Syria

Washington Post editor argues for US intervention in Syria, at least a no-fly zone, especially as the civil war attracts more extremists;
Jackson Diehl
The Washington Post, 1 November 2012
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Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor for the Washington Post.

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