Nora al-Amir, coalition vice president. (The Daily Star/HO)
The noose tightens
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One of the main criticisms leveled at the Syria's National Coalition, the main umbrella opposition group battling President Bashar Assad, is that it is out of touch, whose members, safely ensconced in Istanbul hotels, are far removed from the daily struggles and dreams of the Syrian people.But Noura al-Ameer, a vice president of the coalition and member of its political committee, rejects these accusations. At 26, she is one of the youngest members of the body, which has seven women among its 121 members. Several high-profile members remain inside Syria, she says, but do not reveal this information for security reasons, while many others live on the border areas with Turkey and Jordan, only traveling to Istanbul when general meetings are called.Of course, she says, seeing the coalition take up permanent headquarters in opposition-held areas of Syria would be preferable, as some members have suggested, but it is simply not feasible, at least for now. Another main criticism of the coalition is that its politicians are incapable of achieving any tangible political results outside Syria.
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