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
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)
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(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. (Read more Syria stories.)

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