Syrian opposition unites to fight Assad

It’s an important step towards permanently removing Assad. Many potential donors have insisted on a unified force, which is now lead by the long time Assad critic and religious leader, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib.

The Guardian:

Qatar and Turkey, two of the Syrian opposition’s biggest international backers, have called for other states to endorse an umbrella deal signed on Sunday night that unites feuding anti-Assad groups and paves a way for funding to resume.

The formation of the group had been a key demand of the US and the Gulf states, which have sidelined the original political body, the Syrian National Council, and urged that a broader and more representative group be established.

After a week of wrangling in the Qatari capital, Doha, the chance of such a group being enshrined had nearly evaporated. However, an agreement was finally reached that absorbed the SNC and nominated a new leadership.


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  • benb

    Is this the formula for regime change? Do it as an international force, help the opposition groups a bit to keep them going, but hold back from helping in a bigger way until they unite in a broad coalition, essentially forming a democratic “pre-government”.

    Makes me wonder about what’s happened in Iraq and Afghanistan….

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