Syria opposition turns to internal opponents

March 5, 2015 6:11 AM

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Syria opposition turns to internal opponents

PARIS (Reuters) - The head of Syria's Western-backed political opposition is trying to ally with opposition groups based in Syria to boost its legitimacy and help revive peace talks that center on a political transition in the country.

Khaled Khoja, who became president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces in January, told Reuters in an interview that the group's goal was still for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, but that it was no longer a precondition to begin talks.

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