Seven Syrian Islamist rebel groups form new Islamic Front

By Loveday Morris, November 22, 2013

BEIRUT — Seven Islamist Syrian rebel groups merged Friday in the latest in a string of consolidation attempts, reiterating that their endgame is the setting up of an Islamic state.

The new Islamic Front — formed as the beleaguered opposition ­presses for funding from the Persian Gulf — brings together tens of thousands of fighters, potentially making it the largest rebel force in Syria if the announcement is followed up by unification on the ground. But the group conceded that the merger will be gradual.

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