Syria is a toxic stew of totalitarians fighting for control
A new 13-member formation calling itself the Islamic Alliance announced on Tuesday its decision to cut ties with the Syrian National Coalition. The Islamic Alliance declared its intention to build a state based on Islamic Sharia law. It would be a powerful setback for the U.S. and the Syrian National Coalition—an exile political organization for Syrians—if the rebel groups who have connections or affiliations with the pro-Western Free Syrian Army remain committed to the radical Islamic program of the new group.
Syrian rebels face growing threat from foreign jihadists
An estimated 500,000 Syrian refugees have fled to camps in Turkey. (AFP)