Suicide blasts on Monday and a series of other bombings across Syria
have renewed concerns that unrest there is giving extremist Islamist
groups room to grow, a scenario Western officials fear will make it more
difficult to contain the crisis.
The development also
complicates efforts to encourage compliance with a United
Nations-brokered cease-fire by President Bashar al-Assad—who has long
held that the uprising against him is the work of terrorists.
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