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Syrian opposition parties' bickering surfaces, buoys up gov't stance


08:39, April 03, 2013

DAMASCUS, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Political bickering among Syria's fragile opposition parties have increasingly surfaced, raising the stakes that they would never succeed in achieving their goals and strengthening the government's stance.

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, the retired chairman of the Syrian Opposition National Coalition, recently warned of what he called a "crystal-clear conspiracy" on Syria represented by foreign intervention to divide the country.

He unleashed a scathing criticism of some opposition figures inside the coalition, without naming them, and labeled them as " opportunists and blackmailers in politics and nationalism."

In a recent interview with the Dubai satellite channel, al- Khatib said that some opposition figures "are behaving improperly, " and disclosed that "intransigence" is the main characteristic of the coalition's work.

Al-Khatib explained that he has decided to resign for several internal reasons related to the coalition, as well as for other foreign reasons.

He said that he has taken his decision in light of the " disparity" inside the coalition and the criticism he has toward " our brothers in the coalition."

Also, in an open letter to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Joint Command of the rebels Free Syrian Army said: "We hold you responsible for delaying victory of the revolution and fragmentation of the opposition."

The rebels accused the Muslim Brotherhood of undermining the revolt against Bashar al-Assad and trying to dictate opposition politics.

Over the past few months, there have been many reports about fighting among several opposition rebel groups over sharing looted funds that have mostly ended up in several deaths from both sides.

Anti-Muslim Brotherhood sentiment is growing among Syrians as most of them are getting increasingly frustrated with their stubborn attitudes and practices that fuelled sectarian rifts and endangered the country's coherent tissue.

Moreover, fighters on the ground have repeatedly said that they don't care about decisions or stances taken by the coalition of the Syrian opposition parties, suggesting that what matters is their actions on the battlefield and that they alone can make the difference.

This has further enhanced the Syrian government's stand. President al-Assad has reportedly stressed following a recent meeting with military commanders that Syria is now more capable to achieve victory.

The Syrian Dama-Post site said that al-Assad has revealed during the meeting that the battle is long "and the battle of triumph has begun... what we hide for our enemies is sufficient to make them think of defeat before anything else... we are steadfast and are coming to make victory."

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