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Topic - Mouaz Moustafa
The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the al Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria — in part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern allies, Intelligence and national security community sources say.
The Syrian opposition isn't fighting just a brutal Iranian-backed regime accused of killing civilians with chemical weapons; it's also battling within itself.
Efforts to draw together the fragmented foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad could lead to direct talks between the leader's regime and his opponents, a key official said after talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
"Right now, we still have a chance to support the right people in a situation that we simply can't ignore," said Mr. Mouaz, who recently met with high-ranking Pentagon officials.
For example, he said, the United States should channel all humanitarian aid through these councils to bolster their credibility against al Qaeda, as well as equip civilian police with uniforms and weapons, and support civil law and judicial systems.