Western-backed Syrian rebel group dissolves itself after losses

By REUTERS
March 1, 2015 17:59

BEIRUT - One of the main Western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle which saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al-Qaida insurgents.

Hazzm is one of the last remnants of non-jihadist opposition to President Bashar Assad in northern Syria, much of which has been seized by the Nusra Front and Islamic State, an offshoot of al-Qaida that controls roughly a third of Syria.

The statement posted online said its fighters would join the Shamiyah Front, an alliance of Islamist brigades in Aleppo, to prevent further bloodshed.


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