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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Andrew J. Tabler
Al Qaeda-linked extremists battling Syria's regime have established safe havens in the eastern part of the country, where they are plotting attacks throughout the Middle East.
The U.S. reluctance to become deeply involved in Syria has likely emboldened dictator Bashar Assad to use chemical weapons in his country's 2-year-old civil war, analysts say.
"Those groups could carry out terrorist attacks against those countries to pressure them not to be so tight on the border controls," Mr. Tabler said. "I think that's a very real possibility."
The prospect that groups fighting in Syria could begin to pursue regional operations is very real, Mr. Tabler said, adding that Syria is "a much greater magnet for foreign fighters and extremist organizations" than Iraq was during the mid-2000s.