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Syrian opposition bloc opens embassy in Qatar

Reuters, DOHA

Qatar has funded political opposition groups and is believed to be funneling money and weapons to rebels in Syria.

Russia, which gives Damascus military and diplomatic support, scolded the Arab League for taking “another anti-Syria step” by giving Syria’s seat to the opposition.

Arab nations are far from united on Syria, with Algeria, Iraq and Lebanon often opposing any action against al-Assad’s rule.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some others have thrown their support behind the mostly Sunni Muslim rebels in Syria, partly to weaken Shiite Iran, the main regional ally of al-Assad.

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