Report: Al-Qaeda Affiliate Leading Syrian Rebels' Fight for Key Damascus Area

(McClatchy-Miami Herald) David Enders - The Nusra Front, which the Obama administration last month declared to be an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Iraq, is at the forefront of the fighting in Syria's capital, say residents of the southern Damascus neighborhood of Yarmouk. They also said the government increasingly has deployed pro-government militiamen drawn from the Alawite sect to offset losses by the Syrian military, another sign of how the conflict has forced Syrians to choose sides or flee.

2013-01-04 00:00:00

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