Turkey Recognizes Syria Rebels

It's a major boost for new coalition, though US is still wary

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 15, 2012 12:39 PM CST

(Newser) – The newly formed rebel coalition in Syria got another major boost today: Turkey announced its formal support, days after France became the first Western nation to do so, reports the Voice of America. The Syrian National Coalition is "the sole legitimate representative of the people of Syria," said Turkey's foreign minister. The big question remains, though: Will these words of support translate into weapons and military help? The answer seems to be, maybe, but it's still a long ways off, reports the Christian Science Monitor. France is expected to raise the subject with the EU next week, but arms shipment look doubtful. One huge hurdle: The US isn't on board.

In this photo shot Wednesday, a Syrian rebel fighter aims at government forces during skirmishes in Aleppo, Syria.
In this photo shot Wednesday, a Syrian rebel fighter aims at government forces during skirmishes in Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
A rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday.
A rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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