Former CIA deputy director: Islamic supremacists gaining power among Syria's rebels
The fact remains: if the U.S. goes in to Syria, it will be aiding al-Qaeda.
"Former CIA leader: Syria’s Islamist Rebels Gaining Power," by Bill Gertz for the Washington Free Beacon, September 13 (thanks to Benedict):
Syria’s al Qaeda-linked rebels are gaining strength and garnering support from more secular opposition forces, a former deputy CIA director said.
Michael Morell, who recently retired from the No. 2 position at CIA, also warned in an interview set for broadcast Sunday that a U.S. military strike on Syria is likely to trigger cyber terror attacks.
On Syria’s al Qaeda rebels, Morell identified two main groups: the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al-Sham as “the two most effective organizations on the battlefield.”
“They have a disproportionate influence on the battlefield to their size,” Morell said in an interview with “60 Minutes” on CBS.
“And because they’re so good at fighting the Syrians some of the moderate members of the opposition joined forces with them to fight the Syrians,” he said.
Morell warned that Syria’s civil war, which so far has claimed 100,000 lives, will produce one of two bad outcomes. Either “a strong, more brutal [Bashar al] Assad regime, or a rebel government influenced by al Qaeda.”...