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Fears Of Terrorists Infiltrating Syrian Rebel Forces

The conflict in Syria has already cost some 10,000 people their lives, according to U.N. estimates. Rebel fighters must rely on outside help to combat the Assad regime, which means money from Gulf states and fighters with jihadist objectives.

Gabriela Keller

DAMASCUSWhile chaos and violence continue to escalate in Syria, rebel groups realize they must turn to outside players, including Gulf State governments and extremist groups .

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is still generally short of weapons, ammunition and money. But "some groups are armed to the teeth, while others can hardly afford bullets. That naturally leads to conflict," says Ahmed, an activist from Hama.

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👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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