Clinton calls for a revamped Syrian opposition council sans Islamists

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that the presence in Syria of Islamist elements, some linked to al Qaeda, were part of “an opportunist attempt to hijack” the rebellion. This is the central theme of the latest DEBKA Video appearing Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Croatia, she proposed a revamped coalition of anti-Assad groups “representing those dying on the front lines against Assad.”  DEBKAfile added: Clinton’s call is part of a US plan to put together a new Syrian opposition leadership at a meeting in Qatar next week to supplant the ineffective and ageing Syrian National Council with a vibrant political body in tune with the revolt.


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