Syria opposition: 'New coalition agreed' at Qatar talks
Syrian opposition groups meeting in Qatar have agreed to form a new coalition to oppose President Bashar al-Assad's government, reports say.

One Islamist opposition delegate said a new leader and deputy would be chosen on Sunday evening.

The fractious opposition has been under pressure from the US and other backers in the region to clinch a deal.

More than 36,000 people have been killed in the long-running uprising against Mr Bashar's government.

Many thousands more have fled the country since the unrest began last year.

Ali Sadreddine al-Bayanouni, a Muslim Brotherhood delegate at the talks, said: "An initial deal has been signed. The evening session will be for electing the president of the body and his deputy."

He said the new body would be called the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution.

The talks have been taking place for a week in Doha.

The Syrian National Council (SNC), which was formerly recognised as the main opposition, had been concerned it might be sidelined by the new opposition body.
Helicopter attack

Violence continued inside Syria on Sunday.

Opposition activists said government forces had attacked an area along the border with Turkey, after rebels had captured a crossing point.

The activists said helicopters and artillery units had bombarded the Ras al-Ain border area.

Clashes were also reported in Damascus, Albu Kamal near the Iraqi border, Irbin and in Deir Ezzor in the east.
Last Modified: 2012-11-11 12:20:47
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