November 5, 2012
CAIRO — The top financer of the Syrian opposition is no Arabian Peninsula oil kingdom or cloak-and-dagger Western spy outfit, but struggling, war-ravaged Libya, which is itself recovering from a devastating civil conflict . According to a budget released by the Syrian National Council and posted to its Web site late Sunday, the Libyan government contributed $20.3 million of the $40.4 million that the opposition umbrella group has amassed since...
November 11, 2012 |
DOHA, Qatar — Fractious Syrian opposition groups finally struck a deal Sunday to form a new umbrella organization after a week of heated negotiations that were nearly derailed on several occasions. The new organization, called the National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition, is intended to act as the single entity that manages the political and military affairs of the opposition and as the conduit for humanitarian and military aid. At the end of October, Secretary of State Hillary...
December 31, 2011 |
BEIRUT — Two leading factions of Syria's political opposition moved toward forming a coalition by agreeing on a blueprint for a democratic transition of power, a step hailed and condemned by their deeply divided members. The accord by the leaders of the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the National Coordinating Committee for Democratic Change (NCC) rejects foreign intervention in Syria but calls for the protection of civilians by all legitimate means, according to a statement on the NCC's Web site.
June 2, 2011 |
ANTALYA, Turkey — A group of mostly exiled Syrian opposition figures on Thursday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted that the United States is preparing to take a tougher stance against Damascus, escalating pressure on the Syrian government as it presses ahead with its brutal crackdown against protesters. In Washington, Clinton came closer than ever before to calling for Assad's ouster and indicated that only China and Russia were preventing...
May 18, 2012 |
BEIRUT — More than 10,000 protesters poured onto the streets of Syria's commercial hub, Aleppo, on Friday, a sign that a city that had remained relatively quiet as an uprising swept the country has been galvanized into activity. The northern city's large university was the focus of a similar demonstration Thursday, when crowds of students greeted a team of U.N. observers , dancing on the tops of the visitors' cars and waving the flag of the protest movement from the rooftops.
February 16, 2012 |
Members of al-Qaeda have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups, and likely executed recent bombings in the nation's capital and largest city, the United States' top intelligence official said Thursday. The remarks by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper are the most definitive to date from a senior Obama administration official on al-Qaeda's efforts to insert itself into the Syrian uprising. Two bombings in Damascus in December, as well as deadly attacks on security and...