Syrian jihadist groups reject rebel council, call for Islamic state

Fourteen jihadist groups based in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a hub of fighting during the nearly two-year old rebellion against the regime of President Bashir al Assad, have banded together to reject the newly formed National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. Instead, the 14 groups, which include the Al Nusrah Front, an al Qaeda-linked terror group behind at least 35 suicide attacks in Syria in the past 11 months, have called for the establishment of “a just Islamic State,” according to a statement released on the Internet two days ago. The statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

“We declare our legitimate rejection of what came to be called the ‘national alliance.’ An agreement has been reached to establish a just Islamic State and to reject any foreign project, alliances or councils that are forced on us domestically from any entity, whatever it is,” the statement said, according to SITE.

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