Friday, September 27, 2013

U.S.-Backed Syrian Coalition Plays Down Rebels’ Call for an Islamist Syria

By Patrick Goodenough September 26, 2013

The U.S.-backed Syrian National Coalition put a brave face Wednesday on a declaration signed by some of the most powerful rebel groups inside the country, rejecting the faction as out-of-touch exiles who do not represent the rebellion.
The declaration by at least 11 Islamist factions called on all those fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime to unite under a "clear Islamic framework" and commit themselves to shari’a as “the sole source of legislation.”  The statement could signal a collaborative initiative that proves as short-lived as have previous ones – or it could turn out to be of major significance to the future of the anti-Assad rebellion.   See more at:

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