Syrian rebel army chief slams new opposition group

By REUTERS
August 1, 2012 07:22

CAIRO - The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army attacked on Wednesday the formation of a new political coalition outside Syria that plans to establish a transitional government, calling its leaders opportunists who seek to divide the opposition and benefit from the rebels' gains.

The Council for the Syrian Revolution was launched by a group of 70 exiled Syrian activists at a news conference in Cairo on Tuesday.

The emergence of new alliance marks the latest effort by Syria's divided opposition to forge a political alternative to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces are trying to put down a 16-month armed uprising.

The Syrian military has stepped up a military campaign to drive rebels out of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, using helicopter gunships and other heavy weapons.


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