Al Qaida's Iraqi branch is behind a number of deadly attacks in Syria, according to a Friday McClatchy report.
US officials reportedly told the newspaper that American intelligence information has revealed that the radical Sunni group is using the 11-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his resulting bloody crackdown as an opportunity to expand its activities and influence abroad.
The officials confided that it was Osama bin Laden's successor, Ayman al Zawahiri, who gave the orders for two bombings in Damascus outside intelligence agency compounds on December 23 and January 6, and for a suicide attack in Aleppo on Friday that killed at least 28 people.
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