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  • ** FILE ** Syrian opposition coalition leader Mouaz al-Khatib speaks during a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry (not pictured) following an international conference on Syria at Villa Madama in Rome on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Arab League gives Syrian seat to opposition

    In a symbolic blow to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, senior Arab diplomats said Sunday that they will transfer Syria's seat in their main regional group to opposition forces.


  • Free Syrian Army fighters hold their weapons during heavy clashes with government forces in Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. The revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011 with peaceful protests but morphed into a civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people, according to a recent United Nations recent estimate. (AP Photo/Andoni Lubaki)

    Syrian fighters fail to create interim government

    A council formed to create a united government that could rule in place of Syrian President Bashar Assad has lost credibility, as its second attempt at unifying the war-torn nation fell flat over the weekend.


  • George Sabra, the new head of the Syrian National Council, the main Syrian opposition bloc in exile, speaks to reporters Nov. 10, 2012, during a press conference on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council meeting in Doha, Qatar. (Associated Press)

    Syrian opposition groups reach unity deal

    Syrian anti-government groups struck a deal Sunday under intense international pressure to form a new opposition leadership that will include representatives from the country's disparate factions fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said.


  • Maj. Gen. Mohammed Fares, an ex-Syrian astronaut who defected in August and joined the main umbrella group for regime opponents, attends a meeting of the general assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Khalil, Syrian National Council)

    Defector: Most Syrian bomber pilots grounded

    A former Syrian air force general who was also the country's first astronaut said Tuesday that only about one-third of Syria's fighter pilots are carrying out the daily bombing raids of rebel strongholds because President Bashar Assad's regime cannot count on the loyalty of the rest.


  • U.S. pushes for new rebel council in Syria

    The Obama administration is pushing this week to create a new Syrian opposition council that would have more legitimacy in the uprising against President Bashar Assad and prevent al Qaeda terrorists and other "bad actors" from hijacking the revolt, according to a U.S. official involved in the initiative.


  • In this image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed Aug. 28, 2012, Syrian men stand near a burning car due to shelling in Kfarnebel, Idlib province, northern Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian opposition leader criticizes U.S.

    The head of the main Syrian opposition group seeking to oust President Bashar Assad criticized U.S. officials Tuesday for saying it was premature to speak about a transitional Syrian government.


  • About 800 die in week, says Syrian opposition

    Syria's main opposition group said nearly 800 people have been killed in violence across the country in the past week, which brought some of the bloodiest violence in the 16-month uprising against President Bashar Assad.


  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks during a news conference following the Action Group on Syria meeting on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Geneva. (AP Photo/Martial Trezzini, Keystone)

    Syrian opposition rejects new international plan

    Syria's main opposition groups rejected on Sunday a new international plan that calls for a transitional government because the compromise agreement did not bar President Bashar Assad from participating.


  • This image made from video released by the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) and accessed on Saturday, June 9, 2012, purports to show a U.N. observer near a destroyed bus after overnight fighting in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/UNSMIS via AP Video)

    Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs; 38 killed

    Syrian government forces pounded areas in the central province of Homs on Sunday in a renewed push to regain control of rebel-held territories, and activists said at least 38 people were killed in shelling there over the past 24 hours.


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