US backs united front to topple Assad regime
The United States has declared its support for the united Syrian opposition after various groups opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad decided to come together following talks in Doha, Qatar.
"We look forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of Assad's bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.
In a copy of the alliance document drafted earlier in the day, the opposition parties agreed to work "for the fall of the regime and of all its symbols and pillars", and rule out any dialogue with Assad's government.
They agreed to unify the fighting forces under a supreme military council and set up a national judicial commission for rebel-held areas.
A provisional government will be formed after the coalition gains international recognition, and a transitional government after the regime has fallen.
Toner said the US congratulated the opposition groups on their achievement and thanked the government of Qatar for its support. "We will work with the National Coalition to ensure that our humanitarian and non-lethal assistance serves the needs of the Syrian people," he said.