“At this point we have a well-organized-enough coalition – opposition coalition that is representative – that we can recognize them as the legitimate representative of Syrian people,” he said in an interview with the ABC News on Tuesday.
Analysts say the move fanned the flames of civil war in Syria and that there is going to be further bloodshed of Syrians at the hands of domestic elements and foreign forces as a result.
They also note that the US administration despite having declared the Al-Nusra Front in Syria, which formed in 2011 amid the unrest in the Arab country, a terrorist organization, has moved to the side of al-Qaeda elements, which have come to Syria from other countries to wage war.
Obama’s comments also came following reports that the US administration has decided to provide military assistance, including logistical support and sophisticated weapons, to the militants fighting the Syrian government.
A wide range of modern weapons would also be sent into Syria through the US regional allies, such as Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, reports have said.
The UK, France, Turkey, and the regional grouping of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council have recognized militants fighting the Syrian government.
UK Prime Minster David Cameron has reportedly urged the British military chiefs to draw up plans for provision of air and naval support to militants. The military chiefs had said they would consider such plans only if the US did so.
Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security and Army personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The country says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside, and there are reports that a very large number of militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.