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Syrian opposition chief says planning with FSA to form one army

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The head of Syria’s main opposition group, Ahmed al-Jarba, said on Thursday that he is working with the Free Syrian Army to form unified armed forces inclusive of all rebel groups during an event held in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Jarba, who was recently elected as president of the Syrian National Council, said initially there is one joint army that includes six thousand fighters.

Speaking during a dinner event held at the office of the National Coalition for the Forces of the Revolution, a coalition of Syrian opposition groups, Jarba said the new unified army will also call for volunteers from the south and the north of the country to join.

A SNC source told Agence France-Presse that Jaraba touring areas controlled by opposition fighters on Thursday shows that progress had been made by the rebel army.

“This visit to the south shows that large swathes of Syria, from the north to the south, are in opposition control,” the source said.

Jarba also said that the new unified army will have better weapons and he expects the balance of power to change on the ground.

On Thursday, FSA said that it targeted President Bashar al-Assad’s motorcade but added that it was not clear if the embattled leader was injured.