Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rebels suffer setback in Syria with killing of al-Qaeda-linked leader

Despite the cheerleading and support of Western nations, the Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's military suffered a serious setback on Tuesday.

The Syrian army killed the leader of the al-Qaeda-allied Nusra Front in the Syrian city of al-Qussair during all-out-combat between the Islamist-led rebels and government troops, according to an Israeli source.

According to Benjamin Weinstein, an expert on Islamist terrorist groups, the Nusra Front chief Abu Omar was killed along with a dozen subordinates.