Opposition coalition falls into disarray

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 10:36 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Western-backed opposition is in disarray after its president resigned and its military leader refused to recognize a prime minister recently elected to lead an interim rebel government.

The chaos inside the Syrian National Coalition threatens to undermine its bid to unite the forces battling President Bashar Assad and better organize the fight to oust his regime. It also could hamper support from the U.S. and other powers, who have hoped the coalition would emerge as the most credible body to channel aid to anti-Assad groups inside Syria and undermine the Islamic extremists who dominate the fight on key fronts of the civil war.

In his surprise resignation today, coalition president Mouaz al-Khatib (moo-AZ' al-khah-TEEB') expressed frustration with the both the international community and the opposition body itself.

Meanwhile, rebel fighters inside Syria pressed ahead today with their offensive in a restive southern province that borders Jordan. Also, Israel's military said its forces in the occupied Golan Heights responded to fire across the border by shooting at a target inside Syria.

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