(CNN) -- The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions Tuesday on leaders of the jihadist al-Nusra Front in Syria, hours after the State Department moved to blacklist the rebel group as a foreign terror organization linked to al Qaeda in Iraq.
The Treasury also sanctioned two armed militia groups that operate under the control of the Syrian government, Jaysh al-Sha'bi and Shabiha, it said.
Syrian opposition groups have voiced their opposition to the U.S. move against the rebel fighters, suggesting that they are being targeted because they oppose a new anti-government coalition.
In recent months, the radical Islamist al-Nusra Front has emerged as one of the most effective groups in the Syrian resistance, drawing on foreign fighters with combat experience in Iraq and elsewhere....
By Saad Abedine and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 12:56 PM EST, Tue December 11, 2012
I think this is a distraction to the real terrorist which operate within the Syrian and Iranian governments and Hezbollah. I am not saying they are not terrorist groups in the opposition or this group is not a terrorist group, just that they are far less evil and corrupt then the terrorist operating with the Syrian and Iranian governments and Hezbollah. These groups also make up only a relatively small fraction of the opposition which most are legitimate and not terrorist. I see this as another overblown fear by our government and stalling tactic. It's time to act already in toppling Assad and stop all these diplomatic and legal maneuvers. To the hell with Obama's red lines. Bashar al-Assad has already crossed so many red lines I lost count. I still can't understand why murdering over 40,000 people is not a red line.