- Apr 13, 2011
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- Political Leaning
Key Syrian rebel groups rejected the authority of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC) late Tuesday, undermining international efforts to establish a pro-Western military force capable of defeating President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.A joint statement, issued by 13 rebel groups, including elements of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and the Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group, slammed the SNC for no longer representing their interests.
"The National Coalition and the proposed government under [recently chosen leader] Ahmad Tomeh does not represent us, nor do we recognize it," the groups said in the statement.
Their announcement came almost two weeks after the Turkey-based SNC elected Touma as its interim prime minister, and amid reports of increased tensions and deadly clashes among rebel groups.
Among the signatories are the Islamist-leaning Ahrar al-Sham and Liwaa al-Islam brigades, both powerful rebel factions with large followings, as well as Jabhat al-Nusra. Three of them -- the Liwaa al-Tawheed, the Liwaa al-Islam, and the Suqour al-Sham – were, until now, members of the Free Syrian Army, which is considered to be the SNC’s military wing.
The statement also said that the rebels do "not recognize" any future government formed outside of Syria, insisting that forces fighting on the ground should be represented by "those who suffered and took part in the sacrifices."
Read more @: Syrian rebel groups defect from Western-backed opposition | Al Jazeera America
Is the SNC falling apart? Some key rebel groups who were once under the SNC are falling apart right before us making them more unstable.