Syrian opposition fighters carry an injured comrade on a stretcher during clashes with government forces in the Hanano district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 17, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / BARAA AL-HALABI)
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Foreign fighters in Syria are looking to Western-based spiritual authorities acting as "cheerleaders" on social media, a British-based research body said Wednesday.Over the past 12 months, researchers studied the social media profiles of 190 Western fighters in Syria.It stressed there was no evidence to suggest those individuals were involved in facilitating foreign fighters' entry into Syria or coordinating their activity with jihadist groups.Fighters that could not be clearly placed in one camp made up 29 percent.
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