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US blacklists radical Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra

Published on Dec 11, 2012 8:59 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States has designated the radical Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda, as a foreign terrorist organisation.

In an order released on Tuesday, the US State Department essentially classified the group, which has advocated for an Islamic state in Syria, as an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

By blacklisting Al-Nusra, authorities now can freeze any assets the group or its members have in US jurisdictions. The designation also prohibits Americans from giving it any material support.

The group has been accused by other rebel factions of indiscriminate tactics in the bloody civil war aimed at ousting President Bashar al-Assad.

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