Michael Hoffman – Revisionist Review Dec 4, 2012
By Joby Warrick and Babak Dehghanpisheh – Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2012
“…Extremist groups among the Syrian opposition are responsible for some of the gains. Rebel commanders and outside analysts say the groups have grown more powerful in recent months because of funding and weapons from wealthy Arab donors in the Persian Gulf region as well as Syrian businessmen outside the country.One Islamist militia with suspected ties to al-Qaeda has seized two government military bases in the past two weeks.
“…At least half a dozen religious extremist groups have sprung up in Syria since the beginning of the year. The group that has captured the most attention and appears to have had the greatest degree of success is Jabhat al-Nusra, which is thought to have links to al-Qaeda.
“Since the group was formed in January, it has asserted responsibility for a series of suicide attacks against military and security targets. Its forces have overrun at least two government military bases in the past two weeks, collecting weapons left behind by Syrian troops, opposition activists said.
“Unfortunately, there are more extremist groups receiving arms,’ said Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy…” (End quote, Washington Post).