Obama backs Syria opposition rebel coalition
December 12, 2012, 00:00 GMT
The US has formally recognised Syria's opposition rebel coalition as the "legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, says President Obama.
Speaking to ABC News in the US, Mr Obama said the coalition was now "inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough".
He described the move - already made by the UK and the EU - as "a big step".
Activists estimate some 30,000 people have died in 18 months of battle against President Bashar al-Assad's.
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