December 4, 2013

Syria Breeding a New Generation of Terrorists

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Just like the Spanish civil war in the Thirties, the Syrian conflict has all the makings of an international cause célèbre, with well-intentioned volunteers willing to risk their lives fighting to defeat a dictator. But the objectives of some of the more extreme factions within the Syrian opposition are hardly benign.

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