Syrian opposition turns down Moscow, Washington invitations

CAIRO, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The main Syrian opposition grouping said on Friday it had turned down invitations to visit Washington and Moscow to protest what it described as the systematic destruction of the ancient city of Aleppo by Syrian missile strikes.

A statement by the Syrian National Coalition, an umbrella group of opposition political forces said the coalition had also suspended participation in the friends of Syria conference of international powers due in Rome next month to protest the attacks it said have killed hundreds of civilians. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom)