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The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition tried to resign, saying the SNC was too heavily influenced by Islamists and foreign powers, but the SNC rejected the resignation. Rebels continued their offensive near the Jordanian border. The Arab League transferred Syria's seat in the organization to the opposition. The EU failed to reach an agreement on whether to arm the rebels.
Rebels loyal to the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front and the Al Yarmuk Brigade captured a strategic military base south of Damascus. Crowds gathered in Damascus for the funeral of a pro-government cleric killed in a suicide attack earlier this week. Alawites opposed to President Assad met in Cairo to plot an alternative to his rule.
Both opposition leaders and the Assad regime denounced the killing of a prominent Sunni cleric yesterday in a suicide attack on a mosque in Damascus. The UN also condemned the attack. President Assad said his troops would "wipe out" extremists. The EU remained divided on whether to supply arms to the rebels.