President Ahmad al-Jarba, president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, speaks at the U.S. Institute of Peace, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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The leader of the Syrian opposition-in-exile opened a week of meetings and public appearances in the U.S. capital Wednesday with an impassioned call for weapons to help rebels defeat the regime's well-armed military.Jarba was asked about this point and told his audience about the Coalition's nuanced stance on two groups that have bedeviled supporters of the mainstream opposition – the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has been disowned by the central Al-Qaeda organization.The Coalition has long accused ISIS of working in league with the regime, and Jarba reiterated the stance that the two sides have rarely fought each other during the conflict, in which more than 130,000 people are believed to have died.
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