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Syrian opposition groups reach unity deal

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Syrian activists say anti-government groups have reached a preliminary deal to form a new opposition leadership under pressure from the international community.

Ali Sadr el-Din Bayanouni, a former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, says a broad agreement has been struck among the opposition factions to form a new group called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.

He says the new group's president will be elected later Sunday.

The new leadership will include representatives from the largest current opposition group, the Syrian National Council.

The Syrian opposition has been deeply divided for months despite repeated calls for them to unite.

The United States has become increasingly frustrated with the opposition's inability to form a common front and present a single conduit for foreign support.

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