And Obama is arming them. Shameful. The damage this man has done to America and to free people everywhere is incalculable.
Note that while the "U.S. estimates that about 65% of the Syrian rebel movement is secular and as much as 35% is made up of Al Qaeda and its ideological allies," nonetheless "a clandestine CIA program that provides rudimentary training and weapons to U.S.-backed politically moderate insurgents is unlikely to curb the growing strength of extremists among the opposition militias."
Why can't the 65%, armed and trained by the CIA, defeat the 35%? Maybe because the 65% figure is nonsense. Even the NY Times, which never wants to make Obama look bad, admitted back in April that "nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of." Now, over five months later, with jihadis from all over the world streaming into Syria, we're supposed to believe that they're 65% secular? If you believe that, I got a bridge to sell you.
U.S. fears radical Islamists could take root in Syria LA Times October 8, 2013
Syrian opposition fighters load AK-47 magazines on the front line in the city of Aleppo recently. The U.S. estimates that about 65% of the Syrian rebel movement is secular and as much as 35% is made up of Al Qaeda and its ideological allies. (JM Lopez / AFP/Getty Images / September 29, 2013)
WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that Al Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups could carve out a haven in Syria that will offer the kind of sanctuary they once enjoyed in northwestern Pakistan, current and former U.S. officials say.
Officials say a clandestine CIA program that provides rudimentary training and weapons to U.S.-backed politically moderate insurgents is unlikely to curb the growing strength of extremists among the opposition militias seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Though the fighting remains limited to Syria, U.S. intelligence officials already are looking at worst-case scenarios if the country breaks into distinct government- and rebel-controlled enclaves. The alarm grew recently when militants from Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate considered the most capable and best-armed rebel force, and its allies seized a border crossing between Syria and Jordan near the Syrian city of Dara.
"I think Syria is heading toward becoming the next FATA," said a U.S. official regularly briefed on intelligence, referring to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, where Al Qaeda and its allies plotted attacks against the West until U.S. drone strikes and other counter-terrorism efforts decimated their forces.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence, said he worries that the growing presence of Islamic militants could pose unique dangers to the West because of Syria's "close proximity to strategic U.S. interests, ease of travel to Europe, and the availability of advanced conventional and nonconventional weapons."
The rising threat of extremist groups in Syria is helping to drive the international effort, led by Russia and the United States, to swiftly disable or destroy Assad's supplies of chemical warfare agents. U.S. officials say all the poison gas munitions and production facilities are in areas held by Assad's forces, but long-term control is uncertain in a chaotic civil war.
The CIA expects to step up pressure on Syrian extremists should they turn from fighting Assad to targeting the West, officials said.
"There's a concern that some of the insurgents, especially foreigners affiliated with Nusra and the other extremist factions, could pose a terrorist threat either from Syria or upon returning to their home countries," said a second U.S. official who was not authorized to be identified discussing intelligence. "There's little doubt that many of them share Al Qaeda's global jihadist ambitions."
U.S. officials say 100 to 500 foreign fighters arrive in Syria each month to join the radical Islamist factions of the insurgency. They have come from all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Britain and the Netherlands, as well as countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
U.S. officials say Syria has become the global focal point for militants who want to wage holy war, eclipsing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.