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. banasy©

    Hi, Superman.
    I hope everything is going well for you.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    @@@banasyevery thing is im taking a day off ti recharge my self and start a new week of torment at work,,,so hoe are you i havent been on here for so long seems like nothing has changed ha?

    June 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Superman:
    Recharge those batteries!
    Everyone needs to, once in a while.
    Nah, nothing's changed...if anything it's getting worse.
    Stay happy, my friend! 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Bush vs. 9/11 victims families

    I guess someone forgot to inform banasy that the victims family lawsuits are part of the PUBLIC domain, not her little secret kept. (shrug)

    June 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Bush vs. 9/11 victims families

    Whose side are you on, banasy? The victims families you cry over, or the men they are suing? (Geo. Bush, The Carlyle Group, 26 members of the Bin Laden family...not Usama though. OBL has never been named in these lawsuits) And, what do you think of President Obama refusing to lift the federal gag order currently being imposed on the victims families star witness? (FBI Sibel D. Edmonds, who tracked the 9/11 money trail)

    June 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I forget nothing, as once again you assume.
    I said I will not give you information on my family.
    Period.
    I guess someone has reading comprehension troubles.

    June 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    "In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubborness is stupid."
    -Simone de Beauvoir

    June 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Simple question 4 Donna. Whose side are you on? George Bush's, or the 9/11 victims families? And do you not care about the fed. gag order imposed on Sibel D. Edmonds? You claim China does these sorts of things and spout your opinions concerning the Chinese governemnt. Aren't you even a little upset of Edmond's gag order?

    June 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • quit yer badgering

      I don't blame banasy for not telling you anything philip. lool what you do with information you don't have!

      June 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Nope. You couldn't care less. hagd

    June 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Rolling my eyes.
    Weak, Philip.
    You don't know, because I am unwilling to share with you, so you assume and imply and use innuendo.
    I'll not be a source for your fodder.
    Have a great afternoon, Philip.
    Or, at least •try• to. 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Isnt it amazing how everytime we DONT agree with the king of crap the *crap troll* appears? Pretty obvious its either him or his gf!

    June 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Philip:
    You answred your own question in your 5:20 post.
    That's who's side I'm on.
    Sorry you don't cry over those same victims.

    June 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barney

    Hey Philip, i see youre up to your same ole bag of tricks. Why dont you tell all these good people why youre so obsessed with AIDS! Oh and the gay movement. And then you can explain to Mary why things will never be romantic between the two of you.

    June 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    TEST

    June 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Barney

    She has a right to know since shes the hen thats been puttin all her eggs in one basket, so to speak. Shes not been exploring any other options cause she thinks your the man for her. Little does she know, shes not man enough for you. Fess up, its time!

    June 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
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