Britain recognizes Syrian opposition

BEIRUT — Making diplomatic and military advances, a Syrian opposition coalition gained official recognition from Britain on Tuesday and showed off one of its largest hauls of heavy weapons from a captured government base inside Syria.

The developments came against a backdrop of steadily increasing violence in the capital, Damascus, with expectations growing of a full conflagration there.

In London, Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament that Britain had decided to recognize the recently formed coalition as the “sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.”

The coalition has already been recognized by France, Turkey and the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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