Syrian National Council

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.

Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 2:56am

Syria opposition unites, elects cleric as new leader

Muslim cleric Ahmed al-Khatib has been elected to lead the National Coalition of Forces of the the Syrian Revolution and Opposition. Photo: AFP

Syrian opposition factions which agreed on Sunday in Qatar to form a new coalition to fight President Bashar al-Assad have elected cleric Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib to head the bloc, dissidents said.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:30am

Syria opposition talks intensify as bombs hit army

Syrian dissident George Sabra (centre), a Christian former communist, who was elected as president of the Syrian National Council (SNC) attends the reading of the executive committee election results in Doha on Friday. Photo: AFP

Days of foreign-backed efforts to reorganise Syria’s opposition came to a head on Saturday, as twin car bombs killed at least 20 soldiers in the south of the country.

Opposition talks in the Qatari capital Doha saw the Syrian National Council vying to keep its leading role in the face of US- and Arab-backed proposals to form a new government-in-waiting that could win deeper support.

10 Nov 2012 - 8:26pm

US rejection of Syrian group shocks allies

A member of the Free Syrian Army walks in an area of Aleppo where clashes with pro-government forces continue. Photo: Reuters

The US administration's decision to drop its recognition of the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the leading Syrian opposition group and propose creating a new umbrella organisation surprised and puzzled close allies.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:26pm