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US recognizes Syrian rebels

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President Barack Obama proclaimed Syria's newly reframed opposition as the "legitimate" representative of the nation's people, in the most significant US intervention in a brutal civil war. 

A Syrian rebel fighter emerges from a hole in a wall on the front line in the Aleppo neighbourood of Bustan al-Basr on December 8, 2012. The US has proclaimed Syria's newly reframed opposition as the "legitimate" representative of the nation's people, in the most significant intervention in a brutal civil war.

As Washington cranked up pressure on beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad, the Obama administration also blacklisted the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front, which officials fear is seeking to hijack the revolution, as a terrorist group.

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