WASHINGTON – The top US envoy to Syria warned on Thursday that extremists were
gaining influence in the Syrian opposition and that this influence would only
increase the longer fighting dragged on in the Levant country.
Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, speaking to the Foundation for Defense of
Democracies, described extremist groups that had “little by little been gaining
influence among the armed opposition.” He pointed particularly to an al-Qaida
affiliate in Iraq that is now operating in Syria.