The opposition is entirely run by Al Qaeda. Nowhere in rebel controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of. From the beginning, it was clear to geopolitical analysts, that the conflict in Syria was not pro democracy protesters rising up, but rather the fruition of a well documented conspiracy between the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, to arm and direct sectarian extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda, against the Syrian government. It is now admitted by the New York Times, that the entire armed so called opposition is comprised entirely of Al Qaeda, meaning the torrent of cash and weapons sent to the "opposition" by the West and its regional allies, were intentionally sent directly to listed terrorists, guilty of a multitude of unprecedented atrocities. This was documented as early as 2007, a full 4 years before the 2011 "Arab Spring" would begin, by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh, in his New Yorker article titled, "The Redirection: is the Administration's new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism? which stated specifically: To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia's government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The US has also taken part in clandestine operations, aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by product of these activities, has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups, that espouse a militant vision of Islam, and are hostile to America, and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. For the past two years, the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey have sent billions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into Syria, along side known terrorists from Libya, Chechnya, neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. In the Telegraph's article titled "US and Europe, in major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb," it is reported: It claimed 3,000 tons of weapons, dating back to the former Yugoslavia, have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November. The story confirmed the origins of ex Yogoslav weapons, seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected.