US-backed Syrian opposition says Obama administration turning Assad into a 'media hero'

“It is not acceptable that Assad has transformed from a war criminal into a partner of the international community through the agreement on the elimination of chemical weapons. It is not logical that he who has gassed his people to death turns into an international partner and a media hero.”

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Jarba's group has suffered a series of reversals on the battlefield, with 13 allied groups recently splintering and joining the Islamists battling Assad. Jarba told reporters that the Syrian Coalition has been making the rounds seeking greater United States and other western support but the “international winds blew against the direction of the Syrian revolution.”

The Syrian Coalition isn't the first to bash Kerry's comments.

“How could we praise someone who has killed 110,000 people?” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday, according to Turkey's Today's Zaman. “It does not matter if these people were killed with chemical weapons or with other weapons: In the end, they were killed.”

Turkey has long called for the U.S. to do more to support the rebels fighting Assad and is worried that progress on the chemical weapons front could eclipse the ongoing civil war.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also weighed in with a press statement Monday.

“We must not forget that while the Syrian government is being lauded for committing to the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal,” they wrote. “Russia and Iran continue to supply Bashar al-Assad with large amounts of conventional weapons for his unabated massacre of innocent men, women, and children.”

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