Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists

“Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country’s civil war.”

“Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters…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…”