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WASHINGTON – The two major Syrian opposition groups who oppose the regime of President Bashar al-Assad are unable to unite to form a united front. And that means any major outside support, especially regarding finances and arms, isn’t developing, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
In all, there are some 14 such opposition groups but the two major groups that the U.S. says it can work with are the Syrian National Council – which includes the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood – and the National Coordination Committee.
The problem, analysts say, is that the two have major differences on how to remove the al-Assad regime. The SNC wants outside military intervention; the NCC, considered to be more moderate, doesn’t want it.
The NCC also supports a peaceful change in the regime. Given that the NCC has even met with members of the al-Assad regime, it is regarded more as a puppet opposition movement controlled by the al-Assad regime.
Sources say the differences between the opposition groups border on irreconcilable, making it more difficult for foreign support whatsoever. This splintering of the opposition works in al-Assad’s favor.
At the same time, it limits the option for regime change to one of a military solution, favoring the approach of the SNC and from core supporter Muslim Brotherhood, which is getting such help now from Saudi Arabia and indirectly from the United States.
Analysts believe that the failure of the Syrian opposition to come together only works in favor of the al-Assad regime.
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