Syrian opposition to discuss US-Russian proposal in Istanbul

Syria’s main opposition National Coalition opened a fresh round of talks in Istanbul Thursday, where dissidents will discuss a US-Russian proposal to bring rebels and regime officials to the negotiating table.

During their three-day meeting, the Coalition is also expected to choose a new president, discuss expansion to include new members and decide the fate of an interim rebel government, opposition members said.

The meeting comes as rebels face a massive onslaught by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in insurgent bastion Qusayr, in central Syria.

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