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State Dep’t Still Saying Most Syrian Rebels are ‘Moderates’

by Patrick Goodenough, CNS News:

Amid new claims that nearly half of the rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria are aligned with jihadist or hardline Islamist ideologies, the State Department on Tuesday implied again that most of the opposition are “moderates.”

“We actually do feel that a great percentage of the opposition are moderates that we’re working with,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in response to a question about the strength of the al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, including Jabhat al-Nusrah (the al-Nusrah Front).

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