Estimate of Syrian Rebel Jihadists
A top ranking Republican House member says Secretary of State John Kerry is being "disingenuous" in his estimate of the number of jihadists in the Syrian rebels forces.
House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul (R–TX) told reporters that he was "stunned" to hear Kerry tell House members on Wednesday that the number of jihadists serving in the Syrian rebel forces comprises less than a quarter of anti-Syrian government fighters.
McCaul says he's learned in various briefings that the number of jihadists migrating to Syria to take on the government there is closer to 50 percent.
The chairman said he was "quite frankly stunned" when that number was disputed at a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Leaving the high-profile hearing, the Texas Republican said the rebels are "a majority now jihadist, so my concern is going into this situation that anything we do at this point to empower the jihadists -- which I thought al Qaeda was the enemy – concerns me from homeland security perspective."
Ask if he didn't believe Kerry, who said that jihadists made up between 15 percent and 20 percent of certain groups, McCaul replied, "No, I do not agree with that. "
"The reporting I've seen and the briefings I've received, is that the majority of the factions of rebel forces that are extremists outweigh the moderates," McCaul said.
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Editor's Note: Which presents this dilemma. Either the Obama Administration hasn't a clue as to who the Syrian rebels really are, or they don't care. We don't know which is worse...
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