30 Nov '14, 4am

Islamists come out on top in new effort to unify Syrian rebel groups

Islamists come out on top in new effort to unify Syrian rebel groups

Related Islamic State, rival Nusra Front each strengthens grip on Syria Syria rebels plead for US help as Nusra Front, a former friend, goes on attack US downplays gains in Syria by al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Seventy-two Syrian rebel groups on Saturday announced a new coalition to battle the government of President Bashar Assad. But hopes that moderate rebels would dominate the meeting were dashed when extremists gained more of the 17 executive positions than had been expected. Col. Muhammad Hallak, who represented a moderate faction attending the three-day organizational meeting, accused Islamists, especially Ahrar al Sham, a group with links to al-Qaida and its Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, of capturing more positions than its influence in the rebellion deserved. A review of the names indicates that moderates hold only six or seven of the 17 pos...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/islamists-come-ou...

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