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So should the foreign nations--such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan--that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria.From the beginning of the revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011, Syria has been the scene of a proxy war involving regional powers: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar all wanted to topple Assad, but they competed with each other as regional rivals, too. The story of how Syria became a cockpit for rival intelligence services was explained to me by sources in Reyhanli, Turkey, a rebel staging area on the Turkey-Syria border.Working with the Qataris were senior figures representing Turkish and Saudi intelligence.But unity within the Istanbul operations room frayed when the Turks and Qataris began to support Islamist fighters they thought would be more aggressive. The Turks and Qataris insist they didn't intentionally support the extremist Jabhat al-Nusra or ISIS.
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