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Topic - Al-Nusrah
Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by al-Qaeda-linked militant groups and return to the U.S. as battle-hardened security risks.
President Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country's legitimate representative, intensifying pressure on President Bashar Assad's embattled regime.
"Every day this conflict grinds on, these extremists are marginalizing moderate leaders like the commanders I met last week — Syrians who don't want to trade Assad for al-Nusrah," he said, referring to the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group that is fighting against the regime's forces inside Syria.