Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria detail how Al-Qaeda’s influence in Idlib is becoming increasingly more power under Tahrir al-Sham, and how more moderate western-backed rebels suffer drastically as they continue to fail to form a coherent front against more radical elements in Syria. It also explains how international powers have decided to cease providing weaponry to moderate FSA factions until they form a coherent from against al-Qaeda out of fear that these weapons will fall into AQ’s hands. A must read for anyone interested in al-Qaeda’s long term goal in Syria.

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