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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Ahrar al-Sham pulls out of opposition conference ahead of Syria peace talks

Saudi security forces stand guard outside a hotel where Syrian opposition groups held talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Saudi security forces stand guard outside a hotel where Syrian opposition groups held talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP)

A powerful Syrian insurgent faction says it is pulling out of an opposition conference in Saudi Arabia in protest at the role given to groups it says are close to the Syrian government.

Ahrar al-Sham says it is also withdrawing because some of its comments and recommendations have been disregarded.

Ahrar al-Sham is a Saudi-backed ultra-conservative group that operates mainly in northern Syria.

The withdrawal comes at the end of the two-day conference in Riyadh that sought to form a unified front ahead of proposed peace negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

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