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Freedom fighters reclassified: US officially designates key Syrian opposition group as al-Qaeda affiliate

Posted on: December 12, 2012

The US Department of State has declared the Syrian rebel group al-Nusra Front a terrorist organization, despite the group’s success in effectively fighting the Assad regime and protecting rebel strongholds.

The rebel group was blacklisted for alleged links it has to Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). US officials have expressed concern that al-Qaeda loyalists and radical Islamists are planning on taking control of the opposition movement and influencing the post-Assad political state if the rebels win.

The State Department has been collecting evidence against the al-Nusra Front for several months to classify the Islamic radicals as a foreign terrorist organization and reduce its influence in the Syrian opposition. The US wants to instead strengthen the power of the new political opposition group, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, which the al-Nusra Front has expressed disdain for. If this coalition ends up in power after the conflict ends, the al-Nusra group might reject its authority.

Source: RT

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