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Topic - Aaron Y. Zelin
Foreigners fueled by Islamic fury are rushing to Syria to fight President Bashar Assad at a faster rate than the flow of rebels into Afghanistan in the war against a Soviet-backed regime in the 1980s, analysts say.
Senior State Department, defense and intelligence officials were well aware that Benghazi and its surrounding area harbored al Qaeda-linked extremists long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city.
Ten to 20 fighters have come from the United States, he said.
"They make you feel like you want to be a part of it, like you want to join them," he said. "It's very compelling, the way they do it. They're very good at proselytizing. They're posting all these pictures online, videos online of all these activities, providing free health care in some areas, providing fuel for people, food."