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. @Jeffy Jerve

    Yeah. You're a troll.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Chief Bowel (no move)

    ...also person fitand trim, straight, and sober born that way. No choice. Born that way. You not know this?

    June 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Im not a troll, but youre an idiot! The only person you fool with these stupid names is yourself!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pig Chief Bowel (I eat)

    LAMO! I drink, therfore I am!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pig Chief Bowel (I eat)

    I born fit, trim, straight and sober. I no more.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @chrissy

    You troll and hijack all the time and are the first to cry about it

    June 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    I have NEVER trolled or hijacked anyone EVER! I have only one email address not dozens like you do philip!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @chrissy

    Kandi sound familiar?

    June 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    A leading German news paper FAZ has reported today that eye witness accounts and footage of collaborators proves that the Houla massacre of 90 Syrians was carried out by rebels not Al-Assad regime. That heinous crime was committed to frame the regime.
    Outside forces have been responsible for wreaking havoc from the outset also.
    good afternoon @ chrissy and fellow bloggers.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Good afternoon saywhat, And who do you suppose PAID those "outside forces"

      June 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Jj, its about time they crack down on all of them! Too many gettin paid too much for doing too little!

    June 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    What are you talking about philip?

    June 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. @chrissy

    and Marie, "lay down by your dish."

    June 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @ @chrissy

    Look whose riding high on a deep depression. Pour yer misery down on me. I love it. I feed off it. I'm Phillip the Dead.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A nod to Garbage?
      Nice.

      June 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Good afternoon saywhat. Hope youre having a wonderful weekend.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @ @chrissy

    That would be yer gf trolling people, idiot. Marie? Get a clue.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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