Syria opposition, rebels agree to tighten links

January 13, 2012 19:41

BEIRUT - The main opposition Syrian National Council and the rebel Free Syrian Army have agreed to reorganize the loosely-structured units fighting under the FSA umbrella against President Bashar Assad's security forces, a council statement said on Friday.

As part of an agreement to deepen ties with the armed rebels, the council also said a "direct channel of communication" would be opened with the FSA rebels.

Army deserters and gunmen have stepped up attacks in recent weeks against Assad's forces, including ambushes on military convoys and bases, killing scores of soldiers.

SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun has said rebel attacks could push Syria towards civil war, but his comments have made little impact on rebel fighters who operate largely independently of their nominal leadership, based across the border in Turkey.

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