Obama Admin. Recognizes Syrian Opposition Forces

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America is now officially standing with the coalition of fighters opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

President Barack Obama made his declaration in an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters scheduled to air on ABC's "20/20" Friday.

"We've made a decision that the Syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime," the president said.

France, Britain, and the Gulf countries are also unveiling measures Wednesday to support the newly formed Syrian group.

The news comes ahead of an international meeting on the Syrian crisis.

Despite the new support, world leaders remain concerned about elements of the opposition that may be affiliated with al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq.

"Not everybody who's participating on the ground in fighting Assad are people who we are comfortable with," Obama said. "There are some who, I think, have adopted an extremist agenda, an anti-U.S. agenda, and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements."

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