13 Syrian rebel groups slam opposition coalition
BEIRUT (AP) -- Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al-Qaida-linked faction, say they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition in exile.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday, 13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer represents their interests.
The statement also called on all those fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime to unite under a "clear Islamic framework" - an apparent reference to the al-Qaida faction's aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.
The statement came as U.N. inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.
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