Syria Attacks Seen as Sign of Extremists' Rise

(Wall Street Journal) Nour Malas - Suicide blasts on Monday and a series of other bombings across Syria have renewed concerns that unrest there is giving extremist Islamist groups room to grow. There have been eight suicide attacks reported in Syria since December. Western and Arab officials and some members of the Syrian opposition say the attacks point to the growing activities of al-Qaeda and radical Sunni Islamist groups in operations against the Syrian regime. U.S. officials have said strikes on security and intelligence buildings in Damascus and Aleppo over the past four months have resembled al-Qaeda attacks, and that al-Qaeda insurgents from Iraq may have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups.

2012-05-01 00:00:00

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