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Turkey backs new opposition governance to mend Afrin

A local council in Afrin, Syria, is being formed to help restore the city's services and improve people's quality of life.

ALEPPO, Syria — The city of Afrin, which is part of the larger Afrin district in northern Aleppo province, is getting an interim governing council to help rebuild services now that Turkey has wrested control of the area from Kurdish groups that Ankara considers terrorists.

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces — also known as the Syrian National Coalition — announced that the local council will be headed by Zuhair Haidar, with Abdo Nabhan as its deputy head. An executive board also was elected.

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