(DOHA, Qatar) — As the conflict in Syria rages, various opposition groups seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad are meeting in Qatar to build a more united front against their common enemy.
One organization not invited to the meeting is the Syrian National Council, still considered the top group in exile.
What the talks in Doha hope to accomplish among other things is finding a replacement for the SNC, which believes it will head a replacement authority once al-Assad is presumably removed from power.
Rebel forces say that the SNC is out of touch with what’s happening on the ground in Syria, a feeling that was expressed last week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to Clinton, who will head the conference in Doha, “There has to be a representation of those who are on the front lines fighting and dying today to obtain their freedom. And there needs to be an opposition leadership structure that is dedicated to representing and protecting all Syrians.”
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN