U.S. says no cohesive opposition in Syria

10:40, June 15, 2011      

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There has not been a cohesive opposition in Syria despite the escalating violence in the Middle East country, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters that there is still a lot the United States does not know about the opposition in Syria.

He said U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford remains in contact with members of the Syrian opposition and with civil society leaders "within Damascus and outside and beyond Damascus."

He said other U.S. embassy personnel in Damascus are also trying to determine the demand and nature of various opposition groups.

Situation in Syria has become more violent three months after anti-government protests erupted in mid-March in the flashpoint city of Daraa and spread into most of the Syrian cities.

The Obama administration has been stepping up criticism on the Syrian government, but has been avoiding to say whether it will resort to military actions as it did against Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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