Islamists Reject Syrian Opposition Bloc

    Rebel fighters fire against pro- Syrian government forces at the al-Mashad neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on August 25, 2012.  Syrian rebels say they are digging in for a war of attrition in Aleppo, where what was being billed as the "mother of all battles" is now dragging on into a second month of bloody stalemate.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Syrian opposition leaders, who have been seeking recognition since forming a unified national coalition in Doha on Nov. 11, are being recognized as “legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people,” but were rejected by Islamist groups in the country. The EU said Monday it wants to support the group in “relations with the international community," but rebel Islamist groups say they want a religious state. "[We] unanimously reject the conspiratorial project called the National Coalition and announce our consensus to establish an Islamic state" in Syria, a spokesperson for the Syrian Islamist rebel factions said.

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