Troops at­tack Daraa; op­po­si­tion in dis­ar­ray

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

BEIRUT | Syr­ian forces fired mor­tars and heavy ma­chine-guns Wed­nes­day in an at­tack on the south­ern city where the anti-gov­ern­ment up­ris­ing be­gan, pro­pelled by re­cent mil­i­tary vic­to­ries over rebels as the op­po­si­tion fell into dis­ar­ray.

At least two prom­i­nent Syr­ian dis­si­dents said they have quit the main op­po­si­tion group, the Syr­ian Na­tional Coun­cil, call­ing it an “au­to­cratic” or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The op­po­si­tion has been hob­bled by dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion and in­fight­ing since the pop­u­lar re­volt against Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad be­gan a year ago.

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