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  • Influx of Islamist Terrorists Boosts Concerns over Syria's Chemical Weapons

    Syria’s “Arab Spring,” long delayed by barbaric repression, is now rapidly deteriorating into a bloody civil war.

    The Bashar al-Assad regime’s stubborn rejection of political compromise and its brutal suppression of the opposition has led increasing numbers of Syrians to take up arms against the regime. They have been joined by a small but growing stream of foreign Islamist militants who have flocked to Syria like moths to a flame.

    The Assad regime has been targeted by a series of suicide bombings carried out by the Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant, which emerged in February and claims that its attacks are meant to avenge Sunni Muslims killed by the Alawite-dominated regime. Al-Nusra is believed to be a front for Al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch, which is expanding its operations into Syria. There are also rumors that other Al-Qaeda affiliates are seeking to expand their operations in Syria.

    The Assad regime has also imported Hezbollah militants to help crush the opposition. Based in Lebanon, the Shia Islamist terrorist group has dispatched fighters to support Assad’s military campaign against the Syrian opposition in areas near the Lebanese border. These Lebanese surrogates are reportedly sometimes accompanied by Iranians, who also serve as technical advisers in training Syria’s security services to monitor communications and ferret out opposition leaders.

    The intensifying conflict and growing activity of Islamist extremists has prompted the U.S. and other countries to make contingency plans to seize Syria’s huge stockpiles of chemical weapons to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists if the regime collapses. U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring chemical weapons production and storage sites, which reportedly remain heavily guarded by the regime. But if the Assad regime disintegrates, U.S. forces may be called in to keep the chemical genie bottled up.

    See also: Syrian WMD: Counter-Proliferation Contingency Planning Needed.

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    2 Responses to Influx of Islamist Terrorists Boosts Concerns over Syria's Chemical Weapons

    1. Bobbie says:

      Humanity won't survive with the weakest of humanity in leadership roles. Time to remove them…

    2. Bobbie says:

      America has to get rid of Arab extremists forcing their ways on America in public education the Arabs are taking advantage of while under the label of government as "protected class." What kind of people fully knowing what America's about, immigrate here destroying what this country welcomes them to take part int? Not the kind of people America welcomes and unacceptable to her good people to stand for. This calls for deportation. Clean out the infiltrators that have no respect for America who put themselves on a pedestal at no level of tolerance for anything American using their extreme level of human weakness, distorting America and her truth. The American government is too supportive of this, of these, of nothing cognitive to America's strengths.

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