Syrian opposition leader President Ahmad Jarba, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wait prior to a meeting at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
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The Western-backed Syrian opposition group will begin a three-day meeting in Istanbul later Sunday to elect a new president and discuss the offensive by Islamic militants straddling Iraq and Syria, an official with the group said.The meeting comes amid reports that 150,000 people have been displaced from their homes in eastern Syria by jihadi fighters who captured wide areas of the eastern province of Deir el-Zour in the past weeks. On Saturday, the military chief of Syria's main Western-backed rebel group warned Syria risked a "humanitarian disaster" if allies do not send more aid to help his moderate forces halt the advance of the Islamic State group.
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