FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 26, 2006 file photo, Riad Seif, a leading Syrian opposition figure and a member of the opposition Syrian National Council, speaks a week after his release from prison in Damascus, Syria. Members of Syria's opposition-in-exile bristle at the Obama administration's suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative leaders including Seif at a crucial conference in Qatar next week. The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified body that could work more closely with the West, but groups both inside Syria and out will likely resist over concerns that foreign countries will dictate the course of their civil war. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, file)

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FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 26, 2006 file photo, Riad Seif, a leading Syrian opposition figure and a member of the opposition Syrian National Council, speaks a week after his release from prison in Damascus, Syria. Members of Syria's opposition-in-exile bristle at the Obama administration's suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative  leaders including Seif at a crucial conference in Qatar next week.   The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified body that could work more closely with the West, but  groups both inside Syria and out will likely resist over concerns that foreign  countries will dictate the course of their civil war. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, file)
FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 26, 2006 file photo, Riad Seif, a leading Syrian opposition figure and a member of the opposition Syrian National Council, speaks a week after his release from prison in Damascus, Syria. Members of Syria's opposition-in-exile bristle at the Obama administration's suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative leaders including Seif at a crucial conference in Qatar next week. The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified body that could work more closely with the West, but groups both inside Syria and out will likely resist over concerns that foreign countries will dictate the course of their civil war. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, file)
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