By Rania El Gamal and Regan Doherty
DOHA, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Syria’s splintered opposition factions started talks in Qatar on Sunday on a common front to gain international respect and recognition and, crucially, better weapons for their quest to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
It was the first concerted attempt to meld opposition groups based abroad and align them with rebels fighting in Syria, to help end a 19-month-old conflict that has killed more than 32,000 people, devastated swathes of the major Arab country and threatens to widen into a regional sectarian conflagration.
But there were early signs the discussions in Doha, the capital of Qatar, would not go smoothly.
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