Syria rebels declare Islamist state

Factions in Aleppo spurn new Western-backed opposition coalition

Posted: November 20, 2012 at 4:45 a.m.

Syrian rebel fighters check a tank they captured Monday after storming a military base in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

Syria’s increasingly powerful Islamist rebel factions rejected the country’s new Western backed opposition coalition and unilaterally declared an Islamic state in the key battleground of Aleppo, a sign of the seemingly intractable splits among those fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.


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