US Recognizes Syria Rebels
President Obama gives blessing to opposition coalition
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2012 6:29 PM CST
Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – The US will formally recognize Syria's opposition as the country's legitimate representative, Barack Obama announced today in an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC. "It's a big step," Obama said. "We've made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population" to be recognized. The move allows the US to work more closely with the rebels, and opens up the possibility of sending them weapons—though one official said that wasn't in the cards yet.

"Not everybody who is participating on the ground in fighting Assad are people that we are comfortable with," Obama added. "There are some who I think have adopted an extremist agenda." The announcement comes just ahead of a meeting of Syrian opposition leaders and their supporters in Morocco, the New York Times observes. It also notes that the move doesn't fully confer the legal authority of a state; the opposition can't, for example, access Syrian government money or take over the regime's Washington embassy.

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HANKHILL
Dec 12, 2012 8:10 AM CST
ABU POTUS OBAMINATION JUST CANT WAIT TO SEND HIS ARAB PALS MORE OF OUR MONEY AND ARMS! THE "OPPOSITION" ARE STONE COLD KILLERS WHO WANT TO KILL THE INFIDEL AND EACHOTHER! BO IS AN ARAB WHO DONE GONE NUTS! HE IS ALSO GOING TO SEND AT LEAST 20 F-16 FIGHTER JETS AND 2BILLION OR SO BUCKS TO HIS NEW BEST FRIEND ABU MORSI HEAD OF ONE OF THE MOST ANTI AMERICAN GROUPS AROUND! THE MUZZIBROHOOD! ABU ARAB OBAMA DONE GONE NUTS! THIS IS A VERY SAD TIME TO BE AN AMERICAN! HE ALSO SEEMS TO LOVE THE ARABS OF AFFFFIEGANNISSTAN AND IS JUST FLAT LETTING OUR TROOPS GET KILLED FOR NO GOOD REASON! AND FOR THE DINGBATS OUT THERE WHO WILL SAY I SHOUTED AT YOU, YOU BET I DID. MAD AS I CAN BE! F U B O X99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999!
Dale
Dec 12, 2012 7:32 AM CST
AND HERE IS THE REST OF THE STORY ---> Syrian Rebels Pledge Allegiance to Al-Qaeda Group That Killed U.S. Troops HAS AMERICA GONE MAD?
InferiorToYou
Dec 12, 2012 6:10 AM CST
I thought I recognized a bit of James Dean in the guy in the foreground