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Syrian National Council withdraws from Syrian National Coalition

Montreux - A major group within the western-backed Syrian National Coalition that represents the opposition at the Geneva 2 peace talks has withdrawn from the Coalition in protest at the Coalition's decision to attend the conference.

Western-backed Syrian National Coalition votes to attend Geneva 2

Montreux - After delaying a decision that was to be made yesterday, today the Syrian National Coalition, the main western-backed rebel group agreed to attend the Geneva II peace talks sponsored by the UN, Russia, and the U.S.

Western and Arab allies pressure opposition to attend Geneva II

Geneva - United States Secretary of State John Kerry claims that he is confident that the western-backed main opposition group the Syrian National Coalition will attend the upcoming Geneva II talks in Switzerland.

Op-Ed: Geneva II talks to resolve Syrian civil war may not even begin

Geneva - A second round of talks, Geneva II, to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war is scheduled to begin on January 22. However, it is not clear who if anyone will attend from the Syrian opposition.

Syrian opposition leader to visit Russia

The head of Syria's main political opposition, Ahmed Jarba, will visit Russia after being invited by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Op-Ed: 7 major Islamist rebel groups form Islamic Front in Syria

Aleppo - Seven different Islamist rebel groups have merged creating what they call an "Islamic Front". The group pledges to build an Islamic State after Assad is overthrown.

Op-Ed: Syrian National Coalition agrees to Geneva 2 Syria talks

Geneva - After 2 days of discussion in Istanbul, the western-backed Syrian National Coalition opposition rebel group has agreed to attend Geneva 2 peace talks on Syria but the group attached conditions that are unlikely to be accepted by the Assad government.

Op-Ed: Syrian rebel groups reluctant to attend Geneva peace talks

London - The Geneva 2 peace talks on Syria planned for late November sponsored by Russia and the United States have been in the planning stage since May. Unless moderate rebel groups decide to attend the conference may be postponed even longer.

Op-Ed: Syrian rebels refuse to attend peace talks amid further splits

Damascus - More rebel groups are rejecting the western-backed Syrian National Coalition and forming separate Islamist groups, some of whom include radical organizations characterized by the west as terrorist or Al Qaeda-linked, making peace talks difficult.

Op-Ed: Assad says he will not resign in interview with Argentine paper

Damascus - Bashar Assad, the Syrian president, in an interview with the Argentine newspaper El Clarin said that he was not resigning and that a political solution to the Syrian conflict was "unreal".

Syrian National Council chooses US citizen interim prime minister

Istanbul - The main rebel opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, has elected US-educated former businessman Ghassan Hitto as the provisional prime minister who will administer areas held by the rebels. The election took place at a meeting in Istanbul.

Graphic video: Syrian rebels execute unarmed government soldiers

Damascus - A chilling video that has prompted war crimes accusations has emerged online. The video appears to show Syrian opposition fighters executing unarmed government soldiers at a checkpoint in Idlib province.

Syrian National Council: Opposition will get salaries

The Syrian National Council has announced today that rebels fighting the Assad regime will be paid salaries for their actions.

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The Syrian National Council  elected George Sabra  as president at a meeting Friday in Doha  Qatar
The Syrian National Council, elected George Sabra, as president at a meeting Friday in Doha, Qatar
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