Rebel fighters of the Yarmuk Brigade, march as they train on the outskirts of the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on September 29, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-FARES)
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Rebels in southern Syria say they've united tens of thousands of fighters and rejected the extremism and infighting that have plagued the uprising elsewhere, but still want external support.The so-called Southern Front was created around two months ago and includes some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream rebel groups operating from the Jordanian border to the outskirts of Damascus and the Golan Heights, the rebels say.Saudi Arabia, one of the main backers of the uprising against Assad, has strong influence over rebels in the south, where it has worked with Jordan to help unify the various factions, according to Syrian opposition sources.In a bid to prevent the infighting that has plagued the rebels since the start of the uprising, the southern alliance has established a court in Deraa's central prison to resolve disputes.At least 20 U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles have been supplied to a moderate rebel group fighting in the north by a "Western source" as part of a pilot program, a rebel official told AFP earlier this month.
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