It is dangerous and worrisome development. Intelligence officials of the United States, both former and current, on the condition of anonymity, have said that al-Qaeda-linked terrorists are gaining foothold in the violence-wracked Syria. The world powers have been struggling to end the crisis in the country for 17 months now. They, including the United States, have also failed in getting a resolution passed against the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The international community has just reduced to issuing condemnatory statements against atrocious acts of the tyrant.
According to Haaretz.com, US Intelligence officials say that al-Qaeda-linked terrorists are enhancing their activities in the volatile Syria. According to the officials, the terrorists come in the open from isolated pockets in different parts of the country. The officials are reportedly establishing special cells for better coordination among themselves, besides establishing their tentacles across the country. They say that it would be difficult for the world powers to defeat these elements after the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. The sleuths say that al-Qaeda-linked terrorists may create Iraq-like situation in Syria too and therefore it is necessary to nip the evil in the bud.
The intelligence officials also told Haaretz that the terrorists had carried out more than two dozen attacks in the volatile country and are gaining strength with every passing day. The officials said that a couple of hundred al-Qaeda-linked militants are already operating in different parts of the country while their rank is swelling fast as dozens more join them on daily basis. The world powers are concerned about the development, but they are unable to prevent their entry in the volatile country or take any action against them. On top of that, Russia, China and Iran have been supporting the regime to curb the uprising.
Security forces loyal to the regime are busy killing, abducting and torturing pro-democracy people, as the tyrant believes in crushing the uprising against his rule by force. According to the human rights activists working in the country, more than 19,000 innocent civilians have been killed so far just for raising voice against the regime. The foreign secretary of the United Kingdom has also expressed concerns over the ever-deteriorating law and order situation in the country. The British secretary expressed the concern recently while announcing financial aid for the rebels to help them keep communication equipment and medical kits updated.
The world powers including the United States should sensitize the local population about al-Qaeda-linked terrorists infiltrating into their ranks. If the rebels and locals shun them and refuse to take their help, it can keep them away from the capricious country.