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December 10th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

U.S. calls Syrian rebel group terrorists: "It will complicate rebel efforts," says Fareed Zakaria

The Obama administration is declaring a key Syrian rebel group - known as Jabhat al-Nusra, a terrorist organization with ties to al Qaeda in Iraq.

As the U.S. steps up its cooperation with Syrian rebels, how significant is the move to call one of their factions a terrorist organization?

OutFront tonight: Fareed Zakaria, Host of Fareed Zakaria, GPS.

Adding Islamist group to terror list could hurt Syrian rebel's efforts

The U.S. State Department is planning to designate the al-Nusra Front, a radical Islamist group in Syria, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to two U.S. officials who spoke to CNN on background.

The announcement is likely to come within the next week, the officials said. The State Department has been building the case against the group, which is called Jabhat al-Nusra in Arabic, for several months, according to the officials

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    If nothing else, can we at least air drop some bread in there? I know Hostess has a few truckloads available.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply

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