The recent wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq have proven to be ideal breeding grounds for potential terrorism candidates and ideal recruiting grounds for the Islamists. Therefore there are good reasons to believe the trend will continue with Syria.
President Obama's visit in Israel was a resounding PR success, judging by various indicators of Israeli public opinion, but as the dust settles, it becomes very clear that the visit was also an impressive diplomatic achievement.
Water tankers line the unpaved road outside a pre-fab United Nations meeting room in Za'atari, the Syrian refugee camp in a desert just south of the Jordanian-Syrian border that is home to 110,000 escapees from the brutal war in Syria.
Standing on the front lines in Aleppo you can't just smell the gunpowder, you can smell the depression. It hangs in the air far thicker than smoke, and with far worse effects. The fighters have a hard time seeing through it but they push forward anyway, having no choice.