Syrian rebel groups ally to create Islamic state, reject West

Sep 26, 2013

Syrian rebel groups ally to create Islamic state, reject West

U.S. hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s fractious rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed opposition coalition and announced the formation of a new alliance dedicated to creating an Islamic state. The al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated ...

Rebels fear 'side war' with jihadists in Syria

Jul 14, 2013

Rebels fear 'side war' with jihadists in Syria

by Loveday Morris

Syrian rebels said Saturday they fear being sucked into a “side war” with jihadists as claims about an overnight attack on a weapons depot at their Idlib headquarters threatened to push the opposition deeper into a spiral of infighting. The friction between Western-backed Free ...

| Apr 14, 2013

Al-Nusra's al-Qaida vow boosts Assad

The public pledge of allegiance to al-Qaida by Syria’s fiercest rebel group, Jabhat al-Nusra, ultimately serves the interests of President Bashar Assad’s regime, according to analysts. “It’s a point in the regime’s favor because it reinforces the official narrative that claims (the proregime army ...

Fight looms for rival Syria rebel factions

| Apr 11, 2013

Fight looms for rival Syria rebel factions

by Liz Sly

As this remote corner of northeastern Syria fast slides out of government control, many Syrians are bracing for what they fear will be another war, between the relatively moderate fighters who first took up arms against the government and the Islamist extremists who emerged ...