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Syria war: moderate rebels to cobble up new coalition

Apr 04, 2017, 7:51 AM EDT
(Source: Kurdishstruggle/flickr)
(Source: Kurdishstruggle/flickr)

The “moderate rebel groups” in Syria plan to forge a new military alliance with the aim to strengthen their grip over Idlib province, the western part of Aleppo province and parts of Latakia province. A Free Syrian Army (F.S.A.) commander said that the coalition is backed by the U.S., Turkey, Western European and Gulf states, adding that the blocked C.I.A. funding and logistical support for the rebels have been partially restored by America.

Internal dissent and factionalism are two key challenges that have kept the regional groups from launching a unified front against what they describe as a corrupt, oppressive Syrian regime, writes Al Jazeera.

In a separate development, more than 58 people were killed in Idlib province on Tuesday morning after the Syrian government or Russian jets launched a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town, notes the BBC.

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