Meeting in Qatar, the fractious opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signed a tentative unity deal on Sunday, forming a coalition that could open up doors to international recognition and financial and military aid. The new umbrella group, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, aims to replace the marginalized Syria National Council and includes representatives from the revolutionary councils in all 14 Syrian provinces. The groups selected Sheikh Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib as its president. Khatib is a nationally respected former imam of the Umayyad mosque in Damascus.
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