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May 7, 2015 | 15:42 GMT

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Syria: Rebels Ask U.S. For Help To Prepare For Damascus' Fall

Khaled Khoja, president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, asked the United States on May 7 to provide air support so that rebel soldiers could establish a safe zone and transitional government within Syria, Hurriyet Daily News reported. The request came after the Washington Post reported that regional powers, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, had confirmed that they would coordinate their efforts to support rebel units and defeat Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Rebel groups, including the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, have recently made gains in western Syria and on the outskirts of Damascus, threatening al Assad's hold on power. However, Hurriyet Daily News also reported that Turkey's Energy Minister, Taner Yildiz, said that Turkey has no plans for immediate military intervention in Syria.

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