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Infographic: Who’s who from the Syrian opposition?

Civil defense members, rebel fighters and civilians carry opposition flags as they take part in a protest marking the fifth anniversary of the Syrian crisis in the old city of Aleppo, Syria March 15, 2016. (Reuters)

The wide variety of political groups, exiled dissidents, grassroots activists and armed militants have been unable over the years to agree on how to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Several groups, however, have tried to form coalitions to unite opposition supporters in Syria and gain international help and recognition.

In November 2012, Syrian opposition factions agreed to set up a new and more inclusive leadership council at a meeting in Doha, Qatar. This group became known as the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces – or more commonly known simply as “the coalition.”

On the ethnic sides, the most widely known group to further their agendas comes from the Kurdish sides. The Kurdish Supreme Committee was formed in July 2012 by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC), an alliance of 13 Kurdish parties, under the initiative of the President of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani.

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Last Update: Friday, 18 March 2016 KSA 12:44 - GMT 09:44
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Several groups have tried to form coalitions to unite opposition supporters in Syria and gain international help and recognition
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