Syrian Opposition Agrees on Ideals

Syrian opposition groups have been holding talks in Doha, Qatar, this week to discuss the increasingly dire situation in Syria. While they have not hammered out a detailed plan against President Bashar al-Assad, the factions agreed on a basic principle Sunday. “We have agreed on the main points of the formation of a Syrian national coalition for the forces of the opposition and the revolution. We will continue our discussions on the details on Sunday,” opposition figure Suhair Atassi said. The groups hope to erase skepticism in Washington by forming a 60-member civilian group that will elect a 10-member transitional government. Since March 2011, more than 37,000 people have died in the uprising against Assad, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.