FPI 2013 Forum cited in U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News & World Report’s Paul D. Shinkman writes:

U.S. inaction in Syria has created a "cauldron of bad activity" that is breeding thousands of foreign extremist fighters to eventually launch attacks against the U.S. and Europe, according to senior U.S. lawmakers.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence committee, said Tuesday that there are more foreign fighters in Syria than there were in Iraq or Afghanistan during the U.S. wars there.

"That sheer number alone should give you pause," said Rogers, who spoke at the Foreign Policy Initiative Forum in Washington, DC.

He also cited infighting among Islamic extremist groups, some of which wish to launch foreign attacks from strongholds in eastern Syria. Al-Qaida affiliates there are advocating for patience to establish a foundation before provoking Western military response, Rogers said.

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