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Dec 11, 2012 | 14:13 GMT

U.S.: Syrian Rebel Group Blacklisted

The United States designated Islamist rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is believed to have ties to al Qaeda, as a foreign terrorist organization, The Daily Star reported Dec. 11. The U.S. Treasury Department also moved to block Syrian government property by sanctioning two pro-regime militias, Jaish al-Shabi and Shabiha, as well as two Shabiha commanders. It became evident in late 2011 that jihadists were present among the Syrian uprising

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