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With a Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit looming, American policy toward Syria may be on the line.Nearly six years ago the Istanbul-based, anti-Assad regime, Syrian National Coalition was declared "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people" by the United States and its "friends of the Syrian people" partners in a Marrakech conference.Surely it is not appropriate for the Syrian opposition to remain silent as the Trump administration deliberates whether to do its duty or dodge it.What is needed of the Syrian opposition (and not just the SNC) and potential partners in Europe and the region are clear pledges of readiness to do heavy lifting on the ground in Syria east of the Euphrates River.Elements of the Syrian opposition have already done some significant outreach to the autonomy-seeking Kurds of northeastern Syria. It would be quite another for the Syrian opposition to evade its own duties.
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