(Image Source: Pete Souza)

 

BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


In an interview with Barbara Walters, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s formal recognition of the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition.
 

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “...We consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime...”
BARBARA WALTERS: “That’s a big step.”
OBAMA: “It is a big step.”
 

Well, maybe more like a symbolic big step. According to The New York Times, some in Syria wonder whether Obama’s statement does anything to change the dynamics of the civil war, which has raged for almost two years now. (Video: Al Jazeera)
 

“[Obama] did not commit himself to providing arms to the rebels he is recognizing or to supporting them militarily with airstrikes or the establishment of a no-fly zone, a stance that has led to a rise of anti-American sentiment among many of the rebels.”
 

The newly recognized coalition was formed back in November in Doha, Qatar, where many Syrian opposition groups held a formal meeting. The elected president of the coalition, Sheikh Ahmad al-Khatib, is formerly a leader at a Damascus mosque. He’s considered a moderate.
 

The U.S.’ recognition of the coalition comes just one day after the U.S. government designated another Syrian rebel group, al-Nusra, as a terrorist organization, linking it to Al Qaeda.
 

The civil war, which began as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has now killed more than 40,000 people -- according to rebel groups.
 

 

 

U.S. Formally Recognizes Syrian Rebel Coalition

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Dec 11, 2012

U.S. Formally Recognizes Syrian Rebel Coalition

 

(Image Source: Pete Souza)

 

BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


In an interview with Barbara Walters, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s formal recognition of the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition.
 

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “...We consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime...”
BARBARA WALTERS: “That’s a big step.”
OBAMA: “It is a big step.”
 

Well, maybe more like a symbolic big step. According to The New York Times, some in Syria wonder whether Obama’s statement does anything to change the dynamics of the civil war, which has raged for almost two years now. (Video: Al Jazeera)
 

“[Obama] did not commit himself to providing arms to the rebels he is recognizing or to supporting them militarily with airstrikes or the establishment of a no-fly zone, a stance that has led to a rise of anti-American sentiment among many of the rebels.”
 

The newly recognized coalition was formed back in November in Doha, Qatar, where many Syrian opposition groups held a formal meeting. The elected president of the coalition, Sheikh Ahmad al-Khatib, is formerly a leader at a Damascus mosque. He’s considered a moderate.
 

The U.S.’ recognition of the coalition comes just one day after the U.S. government designated another Syrian rebel group, al-Nusra, as a terrorist organization, linking it to Al Qaeda.
 

The civil war, which began as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has now killed more than 40,000 people -- according to rebel groups.
 

 

 

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