March 19th, 2013
01:57 AM ET

U.S.-educated Kurd to lead Syrian opposition

Hopes for a peaceful, credible alternative to Syria's embattled government now rest largely on the shoulders of a U.S.-educated Kurdish businessman.

A Syrian opposition alliance elected Ghassan Hitto, an information technology executive, to lead its provisional government.

Hitto went to college in Indiana and lived for many years in Dallas.

The role of the provisional government he will lead will likely be spelled out at a Tuesday news conference by the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

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  1. rupert

    How bout them cowboys!

    March 19, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Little we understand the makings of the Syrian implosion. Create a demon and let the naive Americans float along that path of hate. Time tested recipe .

    March 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patches

    Iran's not going to be too happy about this one.

    March 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maria

    Syrian opposition alliance elected Ghassan Hitto - who had studied and lived in the United States - to lead the opposition's interim government.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |