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Syrian rebels threaten to turn to al Qaeda

Last Updated: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 16:02

Damascus: A Syrian rebel commander has warned Western leaders to give them more help to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime or, they will forge an alliance with al Qaeda.

Abu Ammar, who is currently fighting with the troops loyal to Assad in the city of Aleppo, warned that his forces are struggling to cope.

“We don`t want al Qaeda here, but if nobody else helps us, we will make an alliance with them,” the Daily Mail quoted Ammar, as saying.

“And you can bet if al Qaeda comes here, they will brainwash the people. If al Qaeda enters Aleppo, the city will become their base within three months,” he added.

The Iraqi government has confirmed that al Qaeda fighters have been crossing from Iraq into Syria to carry out attacks on government forces.

The US officials also believe that al Qaeda might well be responsible for a string of recent suicide bombings in Syria.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the blasts in Syrian cities since last December ``had all the earmarks of an al Qaeda-like attack``.

Meanwhile, opposition groups in Syria have frequently called on a divided and deadlocked international community to act to halt Assad`s campaign of repression against a peaceful uprising that is now an armed insurgency.


First Published: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 16:02

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