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A new “moderate” coalition: U.S.-armed Syrian rebels join Al-Qaeda’s “Bin Laden Front”

14th February 2017 - Quoted by Ben Norton - Salon

So-called moderate rebels in Syria that have been vetted and previously armed by the U.S. government and its allies have officially partnered with al-Qaeda’s rebranded local affiliate in a new organization called Tahrir al-Sham.

Among the umbrella group’s members is the Bin Laden Front—named for Osama bin Laden, the late jihadist financier who oversaw the 9/11 attacks. The Bin Laden Front is among the smaller fighting bands that helped comprise Jabhat al-Nusra, perhaps the most powerful rebel force on the ground in Syria.


This is by no means the first time ostensibly moderate Syrian rebels have collaborated with sectarian extremists. The Long War Journal, a project of the neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that the constituent members of the new alliance “have long cooperated with one another on the Syrian battlefields.”


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