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article imageSyrian rebel groups unite to form 'Islamic Front'

By Sami Zaatari     Nov 22, 2013 in World
Several of Syria's most powerful Islamic brigades have merged into one group, calling themselves the Islamic Front, with the intent of creating an Islamic state.
In a statement the new merged groups announced that the new organisation would be an " independent military and social force that is aimed at bringing down Assad's regime in Syria and at replacing it with a just Islamic state."
The group also said that they would carry out the wishes of the Syrian people, and to steer clear from foreign political agendas.
Two groups absent from the merger are the Al-Qaeda affiliated groups of the Nusra Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Rebels have been plagued by infighting over the past few months, mainly involving rebel groups often engaged in fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In another example of the rebel infighting, members of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria captured the northern town of Atma after dislodging another rebel group aligned with the Free Syrian Army, out of the town.
The merger of the new organisation, the Islamic Front, may seem a direct challenge for power against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which had itself recently called for a merger of Syria's Islamic factions under the banner of their organisation.
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