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Main Syrian opposition group forms military bureau
Main Syrian group opposition forms military bureau to oversee 'armed resistance'
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' Syria's main opposition group has formed a "military bureau" to organize and unify the armed resistance to the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The Syrian National Council has called for weapons for rebels in the past, but Thursday's move was the first time the country's main opposition group is seeking to organize the fighters.

The SNC made the announcement in a statement.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

GENEVA (AP) ' The U.N.'s top human rights body has condemned Syria for its "widespread and systematic violations" against civilians in the crackdown on opposition groups.

Members of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday voted 37 in favor and three against a resolution proposed by Turkey. Three members of the 47-nation body abstained and four didn't vote.

The resolution calls on Syria to immediately stop all attacks on civilians and grant unhindered access to aid groups.

Russia, China and Cuba objected to the resolution.

The Geneva-based council's vote carries no legal weight but diplomats consider it a strong moral signal that may encourage a similar resolution in the powerful U.N. Security Council.


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