Syria's main opposition group met for key talks in Istanbul on Thursday to debate whether to join a new US-Russian peace initiative to end the two-year civil war, while the regime vowed to crush the insurgency.
A picture released by Syria's opposition-run Shaam News Network shows a Syrian rebel in the city of Daraa during clashes with government troops on May 21, 2013. Syria's main opposition group opened key talks in Istanbul on Thursday to debate whether to agree to negotiate with the regime on ending the two-year civil war under a new US-Russia peace initiative.
Holding its seventh general assembly meeting since its creation last November, the National Coalition is expected to choose a new president, discuss incorporating new members and decide the fate of an interim rebel government, opponents said.
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