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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

(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.

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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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