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  • ** FILE ** In this file image taken from Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a rebel fighter fires a gun in a valley in an unidentified location in Latakia province, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video, File)

    Foreign jihadists surpass Afghan-Soviet war, storm Syria in record numbers

    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.

  • **FILE** In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network and authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, rebels from al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra sit on a truck full of ammunition at Taftanaz air base, which was captured by the rebels, in the Idlib province of northern Syria. (Associated Press/Edlib News Network)

    Al Qaeda reveals true role in Syrian insurgency

    The Syrian extremist militia Jabhat al-Nusra is a branch of al Qaeda's coalition in Iraq and has been all along, the umbrella group Islamic State of Iraq acknowledged Tuesday — a move that shows the blossoming self-confidence of salafist jihadis about their role in the revolution raging in Syria.

  • In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises due to heavy shelling in Taftanaz, in the Idlib province of northern Syria on Jan. 10, 2013. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian rebels seize key air base, activists say

    Islamic militants seeking to topple President Bashar Assad took full control of a strategic northwestern air base Friday in a significant blow to government forces, seizing helicopters, tanks and multiple rocket launchers, activists said.

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he prepares himself for advance, close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, on Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (Associated Press)

    Extremists among Syrian rebels who seized base

    Syrian rebels including Islamic extremists took full control of a sprawling military base Tuesday after a bloody two-day battle that killed 35 soldiers, activists said. It was the latest gain by opposition forces bolstered by an al Qaeda-linked group that has provided skilled fighters but raised concerns in the West.

  • In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel recites verses of the Quran after clashes with troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Aleppo, Syria. As fears grow in the West that Assad will unleash chemical weapons as an act of desperation, NATO moved forward Thursday with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along Syria's border with Turkey to protect against potential attacks. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

    Syrian rebels create new unified military command

    Syrian rebel commanders have elected a new 30-member leadership council and a chief of staff, a senior rebel said Saturday in a major step toward unifying the opposition that is fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

  • In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, photo, a Syrian rebel fighter takes cover as he watches over the enemy position as mortar explosions and gunfire in Aleppo, Syria, on the first day of Eid Al-Adha. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

    Bombings, clashes leave Syria truce in tatters

    A Syrian warplane flattened a three-story building, suspected rebels detonated a deadly car bomb and both sides traded gunfire in several hotspots across the country Saturday, activists said, leaving a U.N.-backed holiday truce in tatters on its second day.

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo, a Syrian youth cries next to the truck holding the body his brother, killed by Syrian Army shelling, outside Dar al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

    Syria activists say jihadis seize missile base

    A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to al Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defense base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.

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