June 10th, 2012
04:19 AM ET

Syrian National Council elects Kurdish activist as new leader

Fifteen months into the Syrian crisis and with no end in sight, a prominent opposition body has elected Kurdish activist Abdul Baset Sieda as its new president in what could reinvigorate a political arm of the uprising.

Dozens of countries have recognized the SNC as a legitimate representative of the Syrian opposition, though many members of the group's leadership are expatriates.

But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who has received global disdain for lethally cracking down on dissidents seeking his ouster - has said he will not deal with opposition members influenced from the outside.

Meanwhile, renewed attacks on the anti-government bastion of Homs killed at least three people on Sunday, including citizen journalist Khaled Bakr, opposition activists said.

According to the LCC, random shelling tormented the Homs neighborhood of Talbiseh early Sunday, pausing every four minutes only to continue with artillery and mortars.

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  1. JerseyJeff

    Interesting choice...
    I wonder if it is an error though. Turkey has been an important pillar of support for the Syrian uprising and I wonder if putting a Kurd as the leader will make Turkey form some reservations about their support.

    June 10, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kurdled Turkey

    Do not eat. Worse for you than combining complicated proteins. And when regurgitated, resembles what northern Iraqis (RIP) might look like camped near Crawford Texas after hoedown.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      LMAO 😉 Morning

      June 10, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeffsy Jerve

    Odd choice.
    Wondering if in error. Corporate profit has been an aimportant pillar supporting why troops were ever sent to the ME. I wondered if putting another Turd as leader would make a difference. Nope. It didn't. Better luck next time.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Formed Reservations

    Who wants to play 'before and after' troops arrive? We could start with our old west and work our way to 130 different countries.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. What?

    What? You mean like, others around the world have suffered the same fate as American Indians? No way. Really?

    June 10, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Free Cottonpicking classes

    We are now offering free cottonpicking classes to any and all imported Mexicans. (not counting the 500 who die ea. year during the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean...errr, southern border)

    June 10, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pedro Abdul Jabbar

    I get it.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Yep

    Kinda makes one wonder if having US Troops guarding you is such a good idea for them, from the old American Indian perspective anyway. (the new ones took the cash bribe casino in exchange for shutting the hell up about it)

    June 10, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hullen Hell

    How dare you look down upon our inner city unemployed now working for God&Country overseas. These brave soldiers overseas fight for your right to even speak freely or enjoy imported goods!
    America. Love it or leave it.

    June 10, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. wha...?

    Leave it, then!!!I see nothing in these posts that suggest that you should stay!!! The only one on topic is JeseyJeff, and he got made fun of for his opinion!!! Shut up!!!

    June 10, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Banazi

    My heart goes out to anyone in the world who has ever been killed. My prayers are with the families of those poor lost souls. (burp)

    June 10, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Real nice.
      What imagined slight am I guilty of now to deserve this?

      June 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Big Chief Bowel (no move)

    Say to face of Big Chief 'yes' or 'no'. Do you approve of US troops doing the American Indian thingy in foreign land? (also African thingy to imported slave from south of border)
    Also way US arm Iraqi Kurds to fight madman Saddam and when battle begin US nowhere to be found and Kurds killed for rebelling. FACT: Uncle Sam speak with fork tongue. No?

    June 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fillup

    Yeah, I'm a drunk. What of it? I'm a liar too. What of it? It's all about me. I'm the mighty Pillup Fillup. Don't worry. I'm make fun of YOU too, soon. I haven't somer up in three days. Manic phase, you know.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol @ jersey jeff, nope you dont have a troll, its just philip talking to himself! Thats how he hijacks a thread and makes it his!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @chrissy

    As if you should talk you big troll.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indygrrrl

      Yeah, no, not gonna work...but then they already sold off the indiana toll road, so who knows what daniels is gonna do? Daniels has never been for the state. Just his pocket. Nwi is completely out of the loop b/c of their democratic leanings. Gop don't like that, bro.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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