Islamist groups seeking influence in Syria uprising
Thursday, March 22, 2012
By ZEINA KARAM and LEE KEATH
BEIRUT -- The gunmen in eastern Syria, wielding grenade launchers and assault rifles, announced on the Internet they were forming the "God is Great" Brigade and joining the country's rebellion. They swore allegiance to the Free Syrian Army and vowed to topple President Bashar Assad.
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