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Syrian opposition groups resist consolidation effort

Reluctance may stymie aid from foreign backers

DOHA, Qatar — The Syrian National Council, the largest antigovernment coalition, resisted an initiative Saturday that would place all opponents of the government under one umbrella — a streamlining sought by foreign backers who fear that the bickering exile movements are being eclipsed by events on the battlegrounds in Syria.

‘‘Nobody should be subsumed under anybody,’’ said George Sabra, the newly elected president of the council, opening his inaugural news conference here in a combative mood before heading into negotiations over the unification proposal.

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