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U.S.: Al Qaeda, other extremists aiding Syrian rebels

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Al Qaeda and other extremist groups have increased their presence in Syria in recent months to aid rebels trying to overthrow that country's government and solidify their standing in the region, senior analysts and U.S. officials said. The organizations' ultimate goal is to create an Islamist state once Syrian President Bashar Assad is deposed, said Ed Husain, senior fellow for Middle Eastern...

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