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13 Syrian rebel groups slam opposition coalition

In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian government solider walks during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, not pictured, in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels flared again on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula. Troops are trying to flush out rebel units, including two that are linked to al-Qaida, from the hilltop enclave which they broke into last week.
In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian government solider walks during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, not pictured, in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels flared again on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula. Troops are trying to flush out rebel units, including two that are linked to al-Qaida, from the hilltop enclave which they broke into last week.
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Updated: 9/25/2013 9:37 am
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13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer represents their interests.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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