US-backed Syrian opposition forces reject political leaders, align with Al Qaeda
By Alex Lantier
26 September 2013
On Tuesday, opposition militias aligned with the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) joined Al Qaeda-linked forces and criminal groups to issue a statement rejecting the political leadership of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). They pledged to unite their efforts to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and impose Islamist rule.
Their joint statement declared, “All groups formed abroad without having returned to the country do not represent us.”