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    Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.


    The new study by IHS Jane's, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..

    Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.

    There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.

    The stark assessment, to be published later this week, accords with the view of Western diplomats estimate that less than one third of the opposition forces are "palatable" to Britain, while American envoys put the figure even lower.


    Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report - Telegraph
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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Who is on the ground surveying the rebels and counting their numbers?

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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Quote Originally Posted by ukangel View Post
    Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.


    The new study by IHS Jane's, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..

    Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.

    There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.

    The stark assessment, to be published later this week, accords with the view of Western diplomats estimate that less than one third of the opposition forces are "palatable" to Britain, while American envoys put the figure even lower.


    Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report - Telegraph
    And for the hat trick:

    And? WHats your point?

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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    If this is accurate I'll to re-think my position on the subject.
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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    The point is we have to use discernment. Do we really want to place hi tech weaponry in the hands of jihadists and do we want to give comfort to those that in different parts of the world are our enemies and in this part of the world are beheading Christians ?
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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Yeah WW has a thread up on this and we also have the info here with more on the Rebels/Terrorists.....including who's groups belongs to whom. The Command of the FSA SNC. Their backers. Al Nusra and the Kurds. Plus some of their heroic feats.


    http://www.debatepolitics.com/middle...post1062320634

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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Yeah WW has a thread up on this and we also have the info here with more on the Rebels/Terrorists.....including who's groups belongs to whom. The Command of the FSA SNC. Their backers. Al Nusra and the Kurds. Plus some of their heroic feats.


    http://www.debatepolitics.com/middle...post1062320634
    Whoops didn't see that !
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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Quote Originally Posted by ukangel View Post
    Whoops didn't see that !
    Hiya UK Angel. That's alright.....check it out. I got some others up on how Syria has split into 3 now too. Plus like who the Backers are from the get go. Quite a few around here have some good material up on what the whole picture is.

    Middle East Forum, Breaking News Forums, and General Political Discussion Forums.....would be the ones with the Most threads on Syria.

    Btw Welcome to the Forums of Debate Politics.
    Last edited by MMC; 09-16-13 at 01:44 PM.

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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    If this is accurate I'll to re-think my position on the subject.

    It's a private (publicly traded) data handling company. Where did they get their data?

    Some of the same people who refuse to believe the US Secretary of State have no problem believing a private data handling company with data from an unknown source.

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    Re: Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    It's a private (publicly traded) data handling company. Where did they get their data?

    Some of the same people who refuse to believe the US Secretary of State have no problem believing a private data handling company with data from an unknown source.
    From the article:

    "The study is based on intelligence estimates and interviews with activists and militants. The lengthy fighting has seen the emergence of hundreds of separate rebel bands, each operating in small pockets of the country, which are usually loyal to larger factions."
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