(AlJazeera) In response to the worsening crackdown, the Syrian National Council, the largest opposition body, said it had formed a “military bureau” to organise the armed resistance against Assad.
The SNC said it wanted to funnel arms to rebel fighters in the country through the bureau.
“We know that some countries have expressed a desire to arm the revolutionaries.
The SNC, via its military bureau, wanted to organise this flow to avoid direct arms deliveries from particular countries,” president Burhan Ghalioun said in Paris.
Al Jazeera’s Nisreen el-Shamayleh, reporting from Jordan, said the SNC wanted to ensure it would supervise the arms supply and that the rebels were not armed haphazardly.
Samir al-Taqi, a former adviser to Assad, said he believed the president was probably getting most of his advice from the security apparatus and believed he could “decapitate the political opposition”.
But he said the opposition seemed to be coming together.
“We have to understand that the uprising is a movement from bottom up and what is happening now in Syria is thousands and thousands of people are just pushed [into] the political arena. That’s why they are for diversified or fragmented,” Taqi told Al Jazeera.