Syrian rebels include extremists, but how many?

Syrian rebels include extremists, but how many?

How many Islamic extremists are among the Syrian rebels? How many moderates?

At this week’s meeting of the United Nations, President Barack Obama warned Bashar Assad’s rule will lead to “an increasingly violent space for extremists to operate.”

In Syria’s civil war, it’s not just rebels vs. Assad’s government — but sometimes rebels vs. rebels. Some are U.S. backed, some aren’t. Which brings us to an important question in the Syria debate: Just who are those rebels, anyway?

As lawmakers have attempted to provide answers, we couldn’t help but notice that they’re using a wide range of estimates.

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Published on: PolitiFact.com (September 2013).

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Photo: AP (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/sep/30/syrian-rebels-include-extremists-how-many/)

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