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U.S. faces difficult situation with rising al-Qaida group in Syria: report

Washington is facing a difficult situation after the Iraqi wing of al-Qaida network docked with the Nusra Front radical group in Syria, a Syrian state-run paper said Thursday.

"After the futile efforts to unite the so-called Syrian opposition and many compromises that resulted in declaring readiness to form an interim government; the experts, Pentagon men, and the CIA find themselves in front of the challenge of administrating bloody conflicts," the al-Baath paper editorialized.

"The Nusra monster is getting bigger and feels within itself the power to demand privacy and independency," the paper said.

A day earlier, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of al- Qaida group in Iraq, declared the mergence with the radical group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is currently operative on Syrian soil.

The Syrian government has repeatedly warned that al-Qaida had been capitalizing on the current crisis in Syria and that it was behind the explosions and disturbances nationwide.

The merger declaration came also two days after the central leader of al-Qaida Ayman al-Zawahiri urged unification of jihad in Syria.

On Wednesday, the leader of al-Nusra in Syria Abu Mohammed al- Jawalani pledged allegiance to al-Zawahiri.

Meanwhile, the Baath paper said the west has two choices: either to halt their efforts to lift the arm embargo on the rebels, or to declare their backing to terrorists in Syria, adding that the mainstream rebels will be swallowed up by the Nusra fighters.

[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 11Apr13]

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