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May 12, 2015 9:52 am

Turkey, Saudi Arabia Actively Supporting Islamic Rebels, Al-Qaeda in Syria

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia are actively supporting rebels fighting against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Independent – Turkey and Saudi Arabia are actively supporting a hardline coalition of Islamist rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime that includes al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, in a move that has alarmed Western governments.

The two countries are focusing their backing for the Syrian rebels on the combined Jaish al-Fatah, or the Army of Conquest, a command structure for jihadist groups in Syria that includes Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist rival to the Islamic State, which shares many of its aspirations for establishing a fundamentalist caliphate.

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