November 12th, 2012
05:15 AM ET

State Department congratulates Syrian opposition factions for uniting

The United States is pleased that Syrian opposition factions have united, the State Department says.

"The United States congratulates the representatives of the Syrian people on the formation of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces," a statement from State Department spokesman Mark Toner says.  "We look forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of (President) Assad’s bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve."

Syrian opposition factions formally agreed Sunday to unite as the National Coalition Forces of the Syrian Revolution, a spokesman for the Syrian National Council told CNN.

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  1. WorldCares

    This sounds very promising.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Allison


    November 12, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    This could be good or could be not too good.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    wow i quess now they wont need any more of our $ and or interested to see what becomes of this...oh wait thats right it is middle east which means NOTHING will come out of it

    November 12, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ken S

    I don't know if this is good or not.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    us state depart to give blessings to engage in civil war...that's nottah blessing!

    November 12, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. grower

    IIsn't the opposition loaded with terrorist that murder innocents and then blame the Assad gov. for doing the dirty deed? And we just congratulated them?

    November 12, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    So the Sunnis are the good guys and the Shia are the bad. So this gives the US's tacit .blessing to any Sunni backed uprising? Strange!

    November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Yeah, go ahead and spread your congratualtions now. This is all well and good for the present because they are fighting for a common goal. Once this is accomplished, do you really believe the sunni and shiite factors will be able to live in harmony ? These two groups are as different as light and dark and the new battle will begin once they remove their common enemy.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Good morning @Portland tony @ bobcat
    We are ones to quickly sweep our mistakes under the carpet and doggedly refuse to learn from them and history. Libya forgotten already?
    And pray who these factions include?
    Once Bashar goes the scenario can well be imagined. Not necessarily favoring S.Arabia or Israel or US.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Geez CNN, what is wrong with what I said now ? Let's try again.

    Good morning saywhat
    Our leaders definitely have a short memory. The shiite and sunni factions have a totally different view of what should be. Like I said, they might work together in the short term in order to acheive their common goal of getting rid of Assad. But to think they will keep a coalition once it is accomplished is nothing short of naive.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hide Behind

    CNN censors in full bloom, like weeds in the fields, they want to crowd out anything else that may want to bloom.
    What will be when all that is left but roten mess and nothing but they remain. Of course they then have only each other to crowd out but that is the way of weeds.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Can sure be frustrating@Hide Behind, weeds and all.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |