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Syrian Opposition Distances Itself From Islamists

The international donors group known as the "Friends of Syria" gathers in Istanbul Saturday, as aid experts warn of a ballooning disaster for millions of Syrians and neighboring states. With American non-lethal assistance increasing and pressure on the European Union to send weapons to rebel fighters, opposition leaders are faced with an embarrassing problem: the declared alliance between Islamist fighters and al-Qaida. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Peter Kenyon in Istanbul.