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Western-backed rebels in north Syria struggle for survival against ISIS and govt forces

Published on Aug 17, 2014 10:33 PM
 
Smoke rises following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, on Aug 14, 2014. Western-backed rebels in northern Syria are fighting to survive in the face of advances on their strongholds both by jihadists and government forces, analysts and regime opponents say. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) - Western-backed rebels in northern Syria are fighting to survive in the face of advances on their strongholds both by jihadists and government forces, analysts and regime opponents say.

The opposition has sounded the alarm, appealing indirectly to the international community to carry out air strikes on jihadist Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Syria, like the United States has done in Iraq.

"More than ever the rebellion is caught in a pincer movement between the regime and IS," says Mr Karim Bitar, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations.

"There is today a real risk it will quickly run low on the oxygen it needs to survive," the Middle East specialist said.

 
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