Syrian opposition: Rebuff of missile request helps Assad

DOHA - International powers' refusal to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar Assad to "do what you want," Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Wednesday.
NATO said on Tuesday it had no intention of intervening militarily in Syria after Alkhatib said he had asked the United States to use Patriot missiles to protect rebel-held areas from Assad's airpower.
"Yesterday I was really surprised by the comment issued from the White House that it was not possible to increase the range of the Patriot missiles to protect the Syrian people," he said.
Asked about his resignation on Sunday as leader of the rebel coalition - which he has said was motivated mainly by frustration at Western reluctance to increase support for the opposition - he said: "I have given my resignation and I have not withdrawn it. But I have to contunue my duties until the general committee meets."