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In March 2012, it issued a political declaration. It announced support for religious equality. It said "every citizen has the right to reach the highest of positions."

MB factions throughout the region united in supporting Syria's opposition.

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Since the 1990s, Syrian Salafism made substantial inroads. It's a Sunni Islamic ultra-orthodox school. It's connected with Saudi Wahhabi extremists. It's militant, strict and intolerant. Salafists also tend to be loosely organized.

Salafi-Jihadi elements consider themselves at war with secular Islam and Western governments. They replicate other like-minded groups.

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(8) The Kurdish opposition. They comprise up to 10% of Syria's population. They've long been marginalized and play a minor role. Its opposition largely lacks effectiveness. It's comprised of about 15 competing parties.

Throughout 2011, Kurdish areas remained largely calm and orderly. In October 2011, its parties created the Kurdish National Council (KNC). Its members remained free to ally with other groups as they saw fit. They oppose Assad, but want democratic change.

(9) Independent dissidents. They include around 30 individuals.

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