US set to upgrade ties with Syrian opposition
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is getting ready to tighten its ties to Syria's main opposition group, a step in the intensifying diplomacy that officials hope will craft an end to Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime.
Officials say the administration is on track to recognise the new Syrian opposition council as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people at an international conference on the crisis in Morocco this week.
The move will pave the way for greater US support for those seeking to oust Assad and follows the blacklisting of a militant Syrian rebel group with links to Al-Qaeda.
That step is aimed at blunting the influence of extremists amid fears that the regime may use or lose control of its stockpile of chemical weapons.