Syrian rebels head to the town of Bsankol in the northwestern province of Idlib to join comrades fighting regime forces for the control of the highway that connects Idlib with Latakia on July 11, 2013. Simmering hostility between Syria's mainstream rebels and jihadists has erupted into naked violence, with a Free Syrian Army commander in the coastal province of Latakia being shot dead by an Al-Qaeda front group. AFP PHOTO/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Yes, there are 70,000 moderate opposition fighters in Syria. Here’s what we know about them

Yesterday David Cameron told Parliament that there are ‘about 70,000 Syrian opposition fighters on the ground who do not belong to extremist groups’ who could help fight Islamic State.

The Prime Minister’s number was the result of an internal assessment made by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), backed up by serving British diplomats overseas whose jobs focus on the Syrian opposition. Such a large number struck many as political exaggeration. The chairman of the Defence Committee, Julian Lewis, said he was ‘extremely surprised’. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may issue a formal demand for clarification. So do these fighters exist and who are they?

  • pdxnag

    Does it yell Allahu Akbar, or not? That is the question.

  • Way too much talk about nothing.

    Islam is the problem. “Moderate” Muslim are still part of the problem.

    • Hard Little Machine

      Moderate Islam is like moderate death camp Ukranian guards.

  • Gary

    Justin doesn’t get it , once the war in Syria is over the Muslims will go back to their Shared hatred for Christians and jews.
    All justin is doing is making it easier for the islamic supremacy sect to kill jews here and pump out Anchor babies to be radicalize and can’t get deported or lose their citizenship.
    Look at how the Somali’s from the 1990’s have many of them STILL on welfare while some of their mosques produce Jihadists wanting to kill us.
    Muslims share the same quran, there is NOT a peaceful quran or a radical quran.

    They are ordered to kill or convert the current 6,000,000,000 non-muslims and being in canada doesn’t change those quranic verses .

  • T.C.

    So what this guy is actually talking about “are which muslim Arab tribes oppose the other current muslim tribal alliances?”

  • simus1

    “muslim fighters” is a mirage.
    When you drill down, there is something that very much resembles the past American foreign policy towards Gadaffy. There were pro and anti Gadaffy factions in the CIA/State Department/American business influencing the White House. The result was deliberate or random total confusion as those two contending forces found or lost favour at the top meetings.

    Sultan erdogan and Emperor Barry are likely running some sort of two faced scam. Perhaps they are trying to imitate the magicians ruling Dumpsterstan who are the acknowledged experts in the field.

  • ntt1

    if it reads the koran then it embraces lying to further the spread of islam therefore no muslim can be trusted to tell the truth and i question if they actually know what truth is. A muslim will simply follow the strong horse. and grovel in the dust 5 times a day.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      it should spread the lotion on it’s skin

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    What’s in it for them?

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need to pull up the lawn chairs and watch the genocide unto the last one standing.