Remember this the next time McRINO demands we arm the rebels.

GENEVA (AP) — An increasing number of “foreign elements” including jihadis are now operating in Syria, an independent U.N. panel confirmed Monday in its first report to say that outside “terrorists” have joined a war spiraling out of control.

The investigative panel appointed by the Human Rights Council says some of these forces are joining armed anti-government groups while others are operating on their own.

“Such elements tend to push anti-government fighters towards more radical positions.” the head of the panel, Brazilian diplomat and professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, told diplomats. He referred to the foreigners as “terrorists”, though the word did not appear in the written report.

The panel accused government forces and pro-regime shabiha militia of war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, summary executions, torture, arbitrary arrests, sexual violence and abuse of children. It also accused anti-government armed groups of war crimes including murder, extrajudicial execution and torture.

Pinheiro said that the human rights situation has “deteriorated to such a degree that it is difficult to describe justly in such a few words. Gross violations of human rights have grown in number, in pace and in scale.”