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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.

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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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alqaeda, bin-laden, syria