A United Nations panel appointed to investigate war crimes in Syria has confirmed the presence of "foreign elements" including "Islamist militants" in Syria.
Speaking to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva the head of the U.N. panel, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, told diplomats that foreigners whom he described as "terrorists" were acting independently of Syrian rebels, Naharnet reported.
Pinheiro said "Such elements tend to push anti-government fighters towards more radical positions."
Al Arabiya reported Pinheiro went on to say there was an “increasing and alarming presence” of Islamist militants in Syria.
Evidence of atrocities and war crimes committed by both the Assad regime and anti-regime rebels should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Pinheiro urged.
Digital Journal reported that the presence of extremist Salafists and al-Qaeda members in Syria had been noted by several sources. The report claims that the Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT), the CIA, and MI6, are complicit in using foreign elements to infiltrate Syria against the Assad regime. Furthermore the Islamist infiltrators are backed by Saudi and Qatari funds.