Islamist Khatib http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30327/all en Khatib: Syria opposition's determined but pragmatic leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/khatib-syria-oppositions-determined-pragmatic-leader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Syria's opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, a man prepared to take political risks to stand by his convictions, has surprised both his allies and President Bashar al-Assad's regime by offering dialogue.</p> <p>Khatib, who will be 53 this year, is stylish and intellectual in appearance, wearing a short beard and Western suits, and speaks with calm determination.</p> <p>He returned from Qatar to Syria to join the revolt that broke out against Assad in March 2011, in contrast with many other dissidents who remained in their adopted countries of exile.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/khatib-syria-oppositions-determined-pragmatic-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Assad family Human Interest Islamist Khatib Middle East Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:01:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746543 at http://www.globalpost.com