After just four months in office, the president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has resigned. Moaz Khatib stated that freedom cannot be obtained within the official institutions. The western backed coalition is rife with internal fighting.
Moaz Khatib confirmed the resignation on his facebook page with a statement that he had taken the step in order to work for more freedom and that there had been some red lines reached that made him come to this decision.
"I had promised the great Syrian people and promised God that I would resign if matters reached some red lines. Now I am fulfilling my promise and announcing my resignation from the National Coalition in order to be able to work with freedom that cannot be available within the official institutions."
For months the US claimed that it was supporting Syrian rebels with humanitarian and medical aid, but that arms were not provided to the rebels. A Digital Journal report revealed that the US is secretly training Syrian rebels in Jordan. The training has been underway secretly for three months and Syrian rebels are being trained in the handling of modern anti-tank weapons with the aim of creating a battle ready force to oppose the Assad regime.
200 rebels have been trained so far, with a goal of 1200. The report says that British and French instructors are also participating in the training, in a US-led effort. According to the Spiegel report Jordanian intelligence services are involved, with the aim of building 10,000 fighters around these trained forces, which intends to separate Islamic radicals from the SFA.
Although some weapons have already been released to the rebels, the majority of weapons, which include anti-tank and air defense weapons still remain in Jordan, as well as one hundred machine gun mounted pick up trucks. The weapons have been funded by Saudi Arabia under the condition that the SFA units in Daraa agree on a common command structure. The majority of weapons come from Libya.
Internal squabbles among members of the SNC included the question of forming an interim government that would replace a toppled Assad regime. There was disagreement on important issues, such as whether or not to negotiate with the Assad regime for a political solution.
A spokesman for Khatib, Mohamed Ali said that the resignation came on the heels of a meeting with the EU, which achieved nothing. resignation comes just hours after the Arab League extended an invitation to the coalition to attend its summit in Qatar next week.