Syrian Opposition Signs Unity Deal

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A member of the Free Syrian Army looks at the valley in the village of Ain al-Baida, in the Idlib province of Syria, not far from the Turkish border.

Various factions from Syria’s opposition had been in talks in Doha, Qatar, this week with little in the way of results, until a tentative agreement was signed Sunday mandating an umbrella coalition. This organization will help the movement see foreign military aid and diplomatic recognition and bring legitimacy to the fighters. “Today in Doha is the first time the different factions of the Syrian opposition are united in one body,” said Riyad Farid Hijab, a former Syrian prime minister. The president of the newly minted National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces is Sheikh Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, a respected national figure in the country.