Syrian Rebels Form Coalition

Deal announced after week of talks in Qatar

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 11, 2012 5:45 AM CST

(Newser) – After a week of talks, Syria's fractious opposition movement has agreed on one thing: Get Bashar al-Assad out. The rebels announced they had formed a coalition today in Doha, Qatar, reports the BBC, after significant international pressure to unite. "An initial deal has been signed," says a Muslim Brotherhood rep, adding that tonight the group will be "electing the president of the body and his deputy." The new body is dubbed the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution; details are forthcoming.

George Sabra, new head of the Syrian National Council, speaks at the General Assembly meeting in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
George Sabra, new head of the Syrian National Council, speaks at the General Assembly meeting in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
Syrian regime opponent Mohammed Fares at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Syrian regime opponent Mohammed Fares at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahmed Khalil, Syrian National Council)
In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 photo,  Free Syrian Army rebels hold a revolutionary flag during a demonstration in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.
In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 photo, Free Syrian Army rebels hold a revolutionary flag during a demonstration in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman holds a bouquet of flowers and rebel flag during a demonstration in Aleppo, Syria.
In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman holds a bouquet of flowers and rebel flag during a demonstration in Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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