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Syria Islamist Rebel Groups Reject West-Backed Opposition : Against The Wall with JJink

Syria Islamist Rebel Groups Reject West-Backed Opposition

September 25, 2013 by  
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Syria rebel groups reject Western-backed opposition; UN team returns to  probe chemical arms

BEIRUT (AP) — Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful  al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the  Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N. inspectors returned to the country  to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.

In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front  slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer  represents their interests.

The statement reflects the lack of unity between the political opposition,  based in exile, and the disparate rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s  regime. Syria’s civil war has killed over 100,000 people so far.

The statement also called on all those trying to topple Assad’s government to  unite under a “clear Islamic framework” — an apparent reference to the al-Qaida  faction’s aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.

It said the rebels do “not recognize” any future government formed outside  Syria, insisting that forces fighting on the ground should be represented by  “those who suffered and took part in the sacrifices.”

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/powerful-islamist-syrian-rebel-groups-reject-west-backed-opposition-2013-9#ixzz2fw3xU6J1

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