The Syrian National Coalition, which is in opposition to Bashar Assad, decided at a meeting in Istanbul Saturday to attend the Geneva 2 conference opening next week in Montreux to start setting up a transitional government for ending the Syrian war. DEBKAfile: Although it is the first opposition group to agree to attend the conference, the SNC has little authority with the rebel movement fighting the Assad regime on the ground and serves mainly as a pipeline for US and European aid.