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The United States, worried about what it says are terrorist groups operating among the Syrian opposition, has so far resisted aiding the rebels. But in Syria, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. So who are the men the United States is worried about? In rare and exclusive interviews, GlobalPost went inside Syria to talk to them.

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It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to intervene in Syria, could influence the outcome of the conflict.

IDLIB, Syria — It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to intervene in Syria, could influence the outcome of the conflict. So which is it? Are they really terrorists? In exclusive interviews inside Syria with several senior Islamist rebel commanders, a complicated picture emerged.

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The United States calls Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist organization. But in much of Syria, its fighters are hailed as heroes.
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Ayachi Abdel Rahman never imagined he would become a military leader, much less branded a terrorist.
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“They called him a terrorist. But a terrorist kills the innocent. He came here to protect the innocent...”
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Both sides of the Syrian conflict are accusing each other of terrorism. Syrian civilians, caught somewhere in the middle, are paying a heavy price.