Turkey Recognizes Syrian Opposition As Legitimate Representatives Of Syria

Turkey has joined France and the Gulf States in recognizing the Syrian opposition as the legitimate government of Syria. Turkey hosts the largest contingency of refugees from Syria and serves as a staging ground for the rebel Free Syrian Army’s attacks on Syrian government facilities and personnel. The new National Coalition for Syrian Opposition Forces was created this week in Doha as an umbrella group over the various factions seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. While President Obama praised the group yesterday, calling it “a legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” the United States has not joined other states in officially recognizing the National Coaltion as of yet.