Mideast Syria The Opposition

October 28, 2011 - 2:30 PM
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 file citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and provided by The Union of Homs City Neighborhood, anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold up a banner with the signs of the Muslim Crescent, Christian's Cross, and Alawite sect by the sword, and the name of Imam Ali, with Arabic words reading:"The Syrian people is one," to show the unity between the Syrian sects during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, in Homs province, Syria. In a country ruled for more than four decades by an autocratic regime, the Syrian uprising has brought forth an abundance of opposition figures jostling for their first real taste of power. Seven months on, the opposition is struggling to overcome infighting and inexperience, preventing the movement from gaining the traction it needs to present a credible alternative to President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/The Union of Homs City Neighborhood, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO