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Khoja Heads Secret Meeting With Islamist Rebel Commanders

National Coalition president meets with rebel leaders in an effort to establish stronger ties between political and military opposition
Khoja Heads Secret Meeting With Islamist Rebel Commanders

President of the Syrian National Coalition Khlaed Khoja has reportedly met with Army of Islam commander Zahran Alloush and a number of rebel leaders in Jordan's capital, Amman.

A source claimed the secret meeting was organized by the National Coalition in a step to form common ground and build trust between Syria’s political and armed opposition.

According to the source, the meeting included rebel commanders representing: The Army of Islam, The Homs Legion, Suqour al-Sham, Quds Legion, Ajnad al-Sham Union, Al-Ezza Battalions, Ahrar al-Sham movement, Suqour al-Ghab, Fursan al-Haq brigades and Division 13.

The source said Khoja arranged the meeting independently, without the presence of the Syrian Interim Government’s defense minister or rebel representatives inside the National Coalition.

The Free Syrian Army is said to have boycotted the meeting after a disagreement with President Khoja over the National Coalition’s commitment to the moderate rebel group.

Edited by The Syrian Observer

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