Winnipeg Free Press 
July 6, 2012
BEIRUT — Iraq said Thursday al-Qaida insurgents are leaving the country to carry out attacks in Syria, as the Syrian conflict inflames an already volatile region.
Extremists, taking advantage of the chaos and violence gripping Syria, have reportedly been making inroads as the 16-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad grinds on. The head of the Syrian UN observer mission said Thursday violence in the country had reached “unprecedented levels.”
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zeba-ri said authorities are worried extremists could gain a foothold in Syria, posing a new threat to regional stability.
“We have solid information and intelligence that members of al-Qaida’s terrorist network have gone to Syria,” he said. He didn’t provide details.