Feb 22, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
Excerpted from The Jerusalem Post: Syria’s main opposition group agreed to set up a transitional government seeking recognition as the legitimate alternative to President Bashar Assad’s rule, as rebels said they seized control of a nuclear research center.
The Syrian National Coalition will name a premier for the new administration within 10 days, Haitham El-Maleh, a leading member of the group, said in a phone interview. He didn’t give further details.
Syrian rebel fighters seized control of a nuclear research center at Al Kibar, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzour, which was reportedly bombed by Israelis in 2007, the opposition Local Coordination Committees said in an e-mail.
At least 85 people were killed today by Assad’s forces, the opposition Local Coordination Committees said, according to Al Arabiya television.
The coalition was set up in November at a meeting in Qatar to unify the forces, including Islamist groups, that have been fighting for two years to oust Assad. While it has won backing from the US, European allies and Arab League nations, it’s not clear how much control the group has over rebel forces engaged on the ground in a conflict that has killed almost 70,000 people, according to United Nations estimates.
Syria’s government and the National Coalition have both signaled in the past month that they are ready to hold talks, though there has been no agreement over terms and conditions.