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Nearly 1 in 10 Syrian Rebels Are Now Terrorists In The Eyes Of The US

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Michael Kelley
Business Insider
Dec 11, 2012

The State Department has designated Syria’s al-Nusra Front — a highly effective jihadist Syrian rebel group — as a Global Terrorist organization because of its direct links to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post reports.The designation prohibits Americans from having any financial dealings with the group — which makes up about nine percent of rebel forces — and freezes any of its assets under U.S. control.

The move is part of a U.S. effort at  isolating extremist groups while promoting the newly recognized Syrian National Coalition so that post-Assad Syria doesn’t turn into a free-for-all.

But challenges remain since U.S.-made weapons have gone to hardline jihadists who have turned out to be the opposition’s most organized and best fighters in the 21-month civil war.

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