Al-Qaeda-Linked Syrian Rebels Suffer Reversals

(Washington Post) Loveday Morris - A series of stunning reversals in recent days for al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria has made clear that the militant group may be more vulnerable than it seemed, in part because its frequent kidnappings and attacks on fellow rebels have won it few allies. By Tuesday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared increasingly desperate, with its fighters pushed out of some towns. For now, a coalition of more moderate Syrian rebels seems to hold the upper hand - a development that would come as a relief to Western governments that had become increasingly concerned about the gains made by the extremists.

2014-01-08 00:00:00

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