The president of Syria's National Coalition, Khaled Khoja. (Khaled Khoja Twitter)
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Syrian opposition figures head to Moscow this week although they are unlikely to welcome Russia's plan for a new anti-militant coalition that would include embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.Moscow has since June been pushing a plan for a broader grouping than the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, to include Syria's government and its allies. Moscow is unlikely to receive a warmer response from Syria's National Coalition, the main opposition political body.Syria's government, meanwhile, backs a separate plan that would form a transitional government made of regime and opposition figures and headed by Assad, with legislative elections in autumn, and constitutional reforms to define the powers of the president and government.Thomas Pierret, a Syria expert at the University of Edinburgh, said Moscow's bid for an enlarged coalition against ISIS had no chance of success.
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