Leader of the Western and Saudi-backed Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba waits for a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)
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The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar Assad, was meeting Tuesday outside Istanbul to choose a new president tasked with keeping alive the campaign to unseat the Syrian regime.Jarba has headed the coalition since July 2013 but failed to make an impact in uniting the opposition and obtaining significant Western military support.The West now appears more preoccupied with the rise of Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq than heeding the Syrian opposition's calls for arms and even military intervention to oust the regime. The new leader will be the Syrian National Coalition's fourth president after Jarba, veteran opponent George Sabra and its first leader, Moaz al-Khatib.
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