Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Strengthens Hold in Northern Syria– Gul Tuysuz, Raja Razek, and Nick Paton Walsh (CNN)
A CNN survey of towns, activists and analysts reveals an alarming increase in al-Qaeda-linked control over large swathes of Syria’s rebel-held north in the past month.
Militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are the predominant military force in northern Syria.
Charles Lister, analyst at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, said: “Although not a numerically dominant force, ISIS is playing an increasingly pre-eminent role in the northern Syrian insurgency. Much of this is a result of its capability to exploit superior levels of financing and resources.”