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  •  There is one thing in common between Qaddafi's (0+ / 0-)

    Libya and the post-revolution Libya. Both have benefited by the migration of many hundreds of the more militant Islamists to fight in other countries which takes the sectarian heat off at home. Iraq in Qaddafi's case and Syria now.

    In fact, the Syrian conflict has attracted these jihadists from all over the world (over 100 just from Australia). Syria has become a 'honeypot' for them. BTW, Israel and NATO have not sat idly by. They have been busy encircling the country.

    •  Foreign jihadists in Syria (0+ / 0-)

      By all reports the number of Libyan fighters in Syria is not very large - they provided training and possibly some arms supplies. And the main architects of this support were relatively moderate Islamists.
      I don't think anyone knows how many foreign fighters there are in Syria now - up until a few months ago it was estimate at 300. I'm sure its grown since  then, but I doubt its done any more than double. The idea of 100 Australian jihadists sounds like someone's fantasy.
      The prominence of jihadist units in the conflict is probably not because of the influx of foreign fighters but because of their privileged access to resources from Gulf patrons, and the resulting attraction for local fighters.

      •  300 or 600 is a ridiculous number. (2+ / 0-)
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        I don't think anyone knows how many foreign fighters there are in Syria now - up until a few months ago it was estimate at 300. I'm sure its grown since  then, but I doubt its done any more than double.
        At any time during the spring, summer and fall more than 300 foreigners (non-Syrians) who openly admit to being Islamic radicals could be seen every day in Hatay, Turkey - based there and crossing into and sometimes out of Syria.

        Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

        by InAntalya on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:38:19 AM PST

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      •  Jihadist groups have been at the forefront of (0+ / 0-)

        all the major advances the rebels have made against the Assad regime.

        I don't think anyone knows how many foreign fighters there are in Syria now - up until a few months ago it was estimate at 300.
        Care to back up that with a link?
        The idea of 100 Australian jihadists sounds like someone's fantasy.
        Take it up with the Australian security agency.
        Australians rush to join war in Syria\
        December 22, 2012

        AUSTRALIAN security agencies believe more than 100 Australians have joined the civil war in Syria, sparking fears the conflict could produce a wave of home-grown jihadists hardened with combat skills and training.

        The concerns come amid fears that hundreds of thousands of dollars a month are leaving Australia, bound for the conflict zone, with some flowing to rebel jihadists.

        The Australian Federal Police's deputy commissioner in charge of national security, Peter Drennan, confirmed the Syrian conflict had resulted in a spike in the number of Australians travelling overseas to fight.

        "For several years we have seen individuals who plan to, or (do), travel overseas to train and fight as terrorists," Mr Drennan told The Weekend Australian.

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