Report: Nearly Half of Rebel Fighters in Syria are Jihadists or Hardline Islamists

Free Syrian Army members shout Islamic slogans as they prepare to move into Aleppo's district of Salah EdinneThe new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists – who would include foreign fighters – fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..

Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle…

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