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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.
The Obama administration has turned down a plea from Syria's democratic opposition to step up diplomatic pressure on President Bashar Assad, who has violently repressed peaceful anti-government protests.
Syrian rebels who have shaken the regime in Damascus do not want U.S. assistance, at least for now, a Syrian dissident in close touch with the network of protesters told The Washington Times on Sunday.