Syrian Coalition OKs New Gov't, Rebels Grab Nuke Plant
Leader will be chosen within 10 days: coalition member
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2013 4:22 PM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2013 4:55 PM CST
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(Newser) – Syria's leading opposition group agreed today to establish a transitional government at the same time rebels said they had taken over the nuclear facility that Israel bombed in 2007, the Jerusalem Post reports. A top member of the Syrian National Coalition said the group will choose a leader within 10 days, but gave no further details. The coalition will name its leader in a meeting scheduled to begin in Istanbul on March 2, reports YNet News.

They set the date after a compromise was reached between two powerful groups in the party—one representing the Muslim Brotherhood, the other urging the quick formation of a government. Meanwhile, the rebels say they've seized the remains of the nuclear center at Al Kibar. They also released a video that apparently shows them storing missiles—probably scuds—at the former nuclear site. (Read about the huge blast that hit Damascus yesterday.)

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BCS
Feb 22, 2013 8:42 PM CST
So Al Qaeda militants now have access to raw nuclear materials. Good job NATO Nice move giving them stinger missiles too. Good thing the government keep frisking Children and handicapped people at the airport, and making us walk through radiation machines. After all, our government is supplying Al Qaeda with some good stuff. Can't be to safe. The corruption and madness within our globally hijacked government continues to accelerate and escalate.
fred.lapides
Feb 22, 2013 5:33 PM CST
The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, released video today that shows numerous IED, or roadside bomb, attacks against Syrian military personnel. The group claims that in one attack, it "simultaneously detonated 50 explosive devices on a Syrian military convoy in the Eastern Ghotah area of Damascus," according to a summary of the video by the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained and translated the video. The attack reportedly took place on Dec. 6, 2012. ---The video above, from SITE, shows the attack in question. It is difficult to determine how many bombs were detonated. I was able to count 35 distinct plumes of smoke. At 0:36, you can see a car explode (the video is filmed from a distance). The Al Nusrah Front cameraman also filmed the aftermath of the attack; about 10 vehicles were destroyed or so badly damaged that they were left behind. ---I've been following the war in the Iraqi and Afghan theaters for years, and cannot recall such a spectacular IED event. I've heard reports of upwards of 20 IEDs daisy-chained together and detonated, but the attack in the video is by far the biggest that I am aware of. ---This attack says quite a bit about the resources and capabilities of the Al Nusrah Front. Without a doubt, Syria has become one of the primary theaters in al Qaeda's global jihad.
fred.lapides
Feb 22, 2013 5:20 PM CST
etoffmylawn contemptible piece of crap, you are. had Israel NOT taken out their atom bombs in the past, Assad would now be eliminating a bunch of people. you are but a small; minded bigot