Middle East

Syria opposition says backs rebel fight against Qaeda

In this Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 photo, Syrian opposition chief Ahmad al-Jarba, right, walks with French President Francois Hollande, after a meeting at the Saudi Royal Palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard)

BEIRUT: Syria's main opposition National Coalition said Saturday it "fully supports" rebels fighting a powerful Al-Qaeda affiliate in northern Syria, two days into major battles between opposition fighters and jihadists.

"The Syrian Opposition Coalition fully supports ongoing efforts by Free Syrian Army elements to liberate towns and neighbourhoods from the authoritarian oppression" of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the group's presidency said in a statement.





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