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Islamic State, al-Qaeda reach accord in Syria

Two Syrian opposition figures say the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda’s branch met last week and agreed to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents. The deal could be a heavy blow to Washington’s strategy against the Islamic State group, relying on arming moderate rebel factions to push back extremists in Syria. […]

By: Associated Press | Istanbul | Published: November 14, 2014 1:17 am
Two Syrian opposition figures say the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda's branch met last week. Two Syrian opposition figures say the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda’s branch met last week.

Two Syrian opposition figures say the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda’s branch met last week and agreed to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents.

The deal could be a heavy blow to Washington’s strategy against the Islamic State group, relying on arming moderate rebel factions to push back extremists in Syria.

A prominent Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander say delegates from the two groups met in secret on November 2 in northern Syria and agreed to end months of fighting between them and cooperate on the ground. The two spoke on condition their names not be used for their own protection or because they were not authorised to release the information.

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    Anand
    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:28 am
    History has a bad habit of repeating itself. Remember the Mujahideen's that the CIA supported when the Russians hit Afghanistan? They then turned around and fired those same American stingers back at the American Apache's and gunships. I guess the same thing is happening now.
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      GardenCityGuy
      Nov 14, 2014 at 4:52 am
      Not a surprising development. To be expected.
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        lookman
        Nov 14, 2014 at 6:02 am
        RESPONSIBLE WORLD POWERS HAVE PUT THEMSELVES UNDER AN UNDECLARED PLEDGE NOT TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO SAVE THIS PLANET'S ENVIRONMENT BUT THE MUSLIMS SEEM BENT ON CAUSING THEM BREAK THIS PLEDGE.
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