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article imageSyrian rebels in call for 'Islamic leadership'

By Paul Iddon     Sep 26, 2013 in Politics
Many thousand of the ragtag Syrian opposition fighters have broken ranks with the western-back wing of the opposition and have made a call for the formation of an Islamist front.
Reuters reports that among this broad sector of the rebel fighters forming this so-called Islamist front is the Nusra Front, an associate of al-Qaeda.
This new bloc of Syrian rebels reject the Syrian National Council. This comes as the United States is trying to 'vet' rebel fighters it is planning to supply aid, and possibly small arms, to in a bid to help the more secular elements of the opposition.
Notably one of the most fundamentalist Islamist factions sending fighters into Syria, the al-Qaeda Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has yet to declare whether or not it will break ranks and join these other Islamist forces.
The agreement, signed by 13 different Islamist groups, stipulates that if a post-Assad Syria is brought into being it should be an Islamic state. Furthermore they insist that Syria will only be run by groups actually fighting in Syria. Not foreign-based organizations or governments.
Other groups, as listed by The Washington Post in its report on this development, to break ranks with mainstream rebel forces include a large group of Salafist fighters known as the Ahrar al-Sham, the largest Free Syrian Army unit fighting against the Assad regime in Aleppo, the Tawheed Brigade and the largest opposition group fighting in central Damascus, Liwa al-Islam.
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