A U.S. defense official said there are no immediate plans for American military officials to work with the newly created military council in Syria.
"This was just announced a few days ago, so it's probably premature to make decisions on what our role will be," the official said.
The Syrian National Council chairman said Thursday that the group had formed a military council that would act as a de facto Defense Ministry to oppose President Bashar al Assad's regime.
The American defense official said the State Department remains the primary lead for U.S. contact with Syrian opposition groups. He also cautioned that the fragmented nature of those groups represents a challenge in coordinating strictly with one agent.
"We know the Syrian National Council doesn't speak for the Free Syria movement, for example, and vice versa. So that presents an immediate question of who is and is not represented by this military council."