posted on Sep, 25 2013 @ 10:47 AM
Several Syrian rebel groups including a powerful al Qaeda-linked faction have broken away from the Western-backed opposition coalition - as UN
inspectors return to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.
In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the Nusra Front criticised the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer represents
The statement reflects the lack of unity in the exiled political opposition and the rebel groups fighting President Bashar al Assad's regime.
The rebel groups' statement called on all those trying to topple Assad's government to unite under a "clear Islamic framework" - an apparent
reference to the al Qaeda faction's aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.
This is incredibly interesting and probably one of the biggest moves in Syria for a while.
Its a clear indication that the the Al-Qa'ida affiliated groups, led by Al-Nusra have totally split from the the Syrian National Council and the FSA.
There has long been tension with in the fragile alliance between the various radical ismaist groups and the more secular SNC and FSA.
This split essentially creates a three way Civil war and it will be deeply worrying for the west, if Assad falls the power vacuum that remains will be
filled either by the SNC who the West are supporting or by the extremists in Al-Nusra creating the worst possible outcome for the West; Syria turning
into another Afghanistan.