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Carla del Ponte's Faux Pas
Never tell the truth in a 'crisis,' says Justin Raimondo
Decentralization in War-Torn Countries
Ivan Eland on what can mitigate civil wars
The Perils of Intervention in Syria
Doug Bandow on the US policing the world
 Senators Discuss Revising 'Use of Force'
Congress looks to expand the expansive war statute
Obama May Back FBI Internet Surveillance
Would require Internet firms to allow wiretaps at all times
Syria Rebel Fighters Badly Fragmented
Leader has little influence over rebel fighters
 The Greatest American Hero
Ron Paul graciously accepts praise
Accountability for Torture
It's overdue, says Philip Giraldi
Who's Behind Boston?
The brothers had help, says Justin Raimondo
UN: Syria’s Rebels Come From 29 Countries
Influx of Sunni Fighters Adds to Sectarian Tone of Civil War
by Jason Ditz, December 20, 2012
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Despite a narrative of Syria’s rebellion being an extension of pro-democracy protests in 2011, UN human rights investigators say that the rebel forces are increasingly made up of foreign fighters with a sectarian agenda.
A report by the UN says that rebel fighters have come from 29 countries​, and are overwhelmingly Sunnis flocking to the nation to fight against the Alawite President Bashar Assad.
As the fighting gets more sectarian in nature, it has encouraged more religious fighters from abroad, and as those fighters arrive, they fuel the sectarian tensions all the more, a dangerous cycle that seems likely to just keep getting worse.
The shift has been readily apparent to those watching, as the rebel leadership has gone from overwhelmingly military defectors to a collection of Islamist clerics and Muslim Brotherhood activists calling the shots in a matter of months, and groups with open endorsements from al-Qaeda like the al-Nusra Front taking center stage in major offensives.
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Highlights
Carla del Ponte's Faux Pas
Never tell the truth in a 'crisis,' says Justin Raimondo
Decentralization in War-Torn Countries
Ivan Eland on what can mitigate civil wars
The Perils of Intervention in Syria
Doug Bandow on the US policing the world
Breaking News
Senators Discuss Revising 'Use of Force'
Congress looks to expand the expansive war statute
Obama May Back FBI Internet Surveillance
Would require Internet firms to allow wiretaps at all times
Syria Rebel Fighters Badly Fragmented
Leader has little influence over rebel fighters