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Departments now addressing concerns about al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists in Syria listen.
We believes that the number of al-Qaeda fighters are collateral if fighters who are in.
Syria -- is a relatively small but there's a larger group of foreign fighters many of whom are not directly affiliated with -- Q.
Who are either in or headed to Syria and clearly this is a matter of concern.
For all -- -- greater violence in Syria and four regional stability.
Analysts tell the British newspaper the guardian that al-Qaeda and other extremists are taking a larger role in the revolution helping with the tax on the Asad regime.
Meanwhile rebel forces today say they took control of at least two important police stations in a left both.
The largest city and all of Syria.
The army had apparently been using those stations as military bases now Fox News -- independently confirm independently confirm those reports.
The -- -- chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt is with us tonight to do they have any idea the strength of this al-Qaeda influence and they say it's very small.
Yet nobody knows official how many al-Qaeda fighters of -- and how many of those foreign fight is not joining the fight that you just that the State Department.
A spokesperson told -- Made then joined al-Qaeda but US -- been saying for months now that al-Qaeda is seeking to take advantage.
Of the current and possibly future chaos in Syria.
And experts here say that if al-Qaeda is able to do that.
The US some other western nations really have nobody but themselves to blame listen.
Syrian opposition is looking for help it's not coming from the west and so they'll probably take it from wherever they can get it including from -- Qaeda.
And so I think this is again a consequence of western inaction.
And while we have to -- those Syrian opposition units before we provide aid it's something we should have been doing months ago.
On the question of a defense -- Leon Panetta said again today the US is providing cute communications.
Although -- that lethal aid to the rebels but there on no plans as of now.
To step that up from provide the weapons of the rebels say.
Is -- most -- eleven days now this battle and -- left vote and one of the effects of it has been a huge refugee crisis on the border get the UN reporting that that -- -- crisis is growing at thousands more every week now.
I seeking to escape the violence in Syria take a look at this map.
The -- 34000.
Syrian refugees so -- crossed into Lebanon 70000.
Into Iraq and Jordan has seemed the most.
Refugees crossing the border that.
And they say that because of the violence because of the increasing crack down rather than the waning violence.
It is only going to get much worse in the coming days and weeks in fact they say.
This past -- -- has been one of the worst in terms of the numbers of people fleeing the violence Jonathan Hunt on the crisis in Syria Jonathan thank you what the.
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