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Turks and rebel allies planning offensive against Kurds in Syria

About 20,000 members of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) along with Turkish troops who support them are reported to be massing for a new military operation in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria.

Rebels drive Islamic State militants from large desert area

Large areas of southern Syria near the Jordanian border have been seized by Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups from the Islamic State (IS)

Op-Ed: Free Syrian Army facing increased desertions financial problems

Aleppo - Those groups loosely linked together as part of the Free Syrian Army(FSA) are experiencing high levels of desertion and low morale due to low pay and poor conditions.

Op-Ed: Islamic State commander trained by U.S. worked with FSA in Syria

Aleppo - While the U.S. emphasizes that it does not support radical jihadists in Syria, it actually supported a group of Chechen jihadists led by Omar al-Shishani or Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, who now commands the Islamic State forces in Syria.

U.S. intervention is worsening Syria's conflict and helping ISIS Special

Damascus - U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more forceful intervention in the Syrian conflict — but groups on the ground say that America's misguided actions aren't just not helping — they're making things worse.

Op-Ed: Syrian rebels incensed at U.S. bombing attacks in Syria

Washington - The Islamic State(IS) has captured territory held by other rebel groups and fought against them. Surely the rebels should welcome the strikes. However, the strikes were directed not only against IS but other radical rebel groups as well.

Op-Ed: FSA rebels reject joining coalition against the Islamic State

Damascus - The Free Syrian Army(FSA) that the US classifies as moderate Syrian rebels has announced that it will not join the US anti-Islamic State coalition.

Op-Ed: Many Islamic State weapons made in the U.S.

Baghdad - Many weapons used by the Islamic State were seized as they captured bases in Iraq from Iraqi forces. However, the group also has US weapons that appear to have been given originally to moderate Syrian rebels linked to the Free Syrian Army.

Obama's moderate Syrian rebels outnumbered by Islamic militants

Damascus - Moderate rebels such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are the ones backed by the US. However, moderates are diminishing as rebels of consequence in the ongoing battle against Assad forces.

Syrian rebels make progress on the southern front Special

After a year and a half long Syrian army siege, rebels of the Southern Front break through the blockade of strategically important Nawa to join with rebels trapped inside.

Op-Ed: Dismissed chief of Free Syrian Army claims he is still commander

Istanbul - The former commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) General Salim Idriss rejected his dismissal as military head of the group. He claims that the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring".

Op-Ed: Free Syrian Army head General Selim Idriss fired

Istanbul - The military council of the Free Syrian Army(FSA) the western-backed umbrella group of rebel fighters announced on Friday (February 14) that it had fired General Idriss as head of the FSA. He had been appointed chief of the group in December of 2012.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq jihadists clash with other rebel groups in Syria

Aleppo - The different factions of Syrian rebels opposed to the Assad regime continue to fight against each other as well as Assad. Open fighting again erupted in northwest Syria between Al Qaeda in Iraq and other more moderate rebel groups.

Op-Ed: US talks with Islamic Front as Islamists dominate rebel forces

Damascus - The moderates in the Free Syrian Army are losing influence and control of the rebel activity against the Assad forces. The US now seems willing to back any group that is not directly associated with Al-Qaeda.

Western-backed head of FSA flees advance of Syrian Islamic Front

Damascus - General Salim Idris, the commander of the key western-backed umbrella group, the Free Syrian Army, has been driven out of Syria. His headquarters and warehouses in northern Syria have been taken over by the Islamic Front.

US halts non-lethal aid for Syrian rebels

The US alongside the UK have both suspended deliveries of non-lethal aid to the Free Syrian Army after the group's bases were overrun by Islamic rebels.

Op-Ed: US weapons finding their way into the wrong hands

After being denied a war by popular opinion and being outmaneuvered by Russia, the US began supplying arms and equipment to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) amid protests that those weapons might fall into the wrong hands; namely, those of US enemies.

Jihadists cut down 150-year-old tree they say locals worshipped

Idlib - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been attracting a great deal of attention in the press as of late, and not for reasons the jihadist group would hope.

Senior commander in Free Syrian Army killed in clashes

Yasser al-Aboud, a senior commander of the Free Syrian Army, was killed, reportedly whilst leading an assault on Syrian Army checkpoints near the Jordanian border.

Senior Syrian rebel leader killed in fighting

A senior rebel leader with the Free Syrian Army was killed today after fighting between rebels and Syrian troops in the south of the country.

Op-Ed: Syrian rebels refuse to attend peace talks amid further splits

Damascus - More rebel groups are rejecting the western-backed Syrian National Coalition and forming separate Islamist groups, some of whom include radical organizations characterized by the west as terrorist or Al Qaeda-linked, making peace talks difficult.

Spanish journalist hostage in Syria since early September 2013

Hama - According to an announcement late on Monday, Marc Marginedas, a special correspondent in Syria for Spanish newspaper El Periodico, has been kidnapped and has been held hostage since September 4 this year.

Al-Qaeda linked group announces offensive against Syrian rebels

Al-Qaeda's affiliate group in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have announced a new offensive that will target other rebel groups.

Op-Ed: FSA provides CIA with targets to degrade Assad forces

Damascus - Free Syrian Army(FSA) commanders claim that the US intelligence services are working together with them to provide specific targets that will help bring about regime change in Syria.

Syrian rebels make advances into government stronghold

Syrian rebels made advances in the province of Latakia, a known stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's regime. Rebels mainly belonging to the Free Syrian Army had managed to capture four villages before Syrian troops regained one of them.

Syrian rebel commander to visit the U.S.

Syria's top rebel commander amongst the Free Syrian Army, Salim Idriss, is set to visit the United States sometime next week in talks that will likely centre on arming his rebel group.

Al-Qaeda and Free Syrian Army rebels clash in Aleppo

Aleppo - Fighting broke out again between members of Al-Qaeda's affiliate group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and members of the Free Syrian Army.

Op-Ed: Radical Islamist rebels kill senior Free Syrian Army commander

Latakia - Syrian rebels reacted to the assassination of a senior commander of the Free Syrian Army, Kamal Hamami, in northern Syria by claiming that this was tantamount to a declaration of war.

Al-Qaeda attack a declaration of war, says Free Syrian Army

A senior rebel commander from the Free Syrian Army said that the killing of one of their commanders by an Al-Qaeda linked affiliate was tantamount to a declaration of war.

Al-Qaeda linked group kills senior figure from Free Syrian Army

In a major escalating rift between rebel factions, an Al-Qaeda linked affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, killed a senior commander from the western backed Free Syrian Army.
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Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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Kamal Hamami  aka Abu Basir  was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission ...
Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
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File photo: Free Syrian Army fighters stand near a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapo...
File photo: Free Syrian Army fighters stand near a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon at al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge area on Damascus International Airport Road
With permission by Reuters / Msallam Abd Albaset
Ahmed  a Free Syrian Army child soldier of just eight years-old  struggles to hold his fully-loaded ...
Ahmed, a Free Syrian Army child soldier of just eight years-old, struggles to hold his fully-loaded AK-47 assault rifle. The 8 year-old orphan fell in with the FSA after his parents were killed in the fighting between the opposition and regime forces. The use of children in conflicts is outlawed by the international community.
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Free Syrian Army soldiers being transported by pick up truck (20 August 2012).
Free Syrian Army soldiers being transported by pick up truck (20 August 2012).
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Members of the Free Syrian Army.
Members of the Free Syrian Army.
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Ziya Tasali  46  a Turkish drifter and FSA rebel was arrested this past March in the murder of Sarai...
Ziya Tasali, 46, a Turkish drifter and FSA rebel was arrested this past March in the murder of Sarai Sierra, 33, an American tourist from New York City and married mother of two who was on a vacation in Istanbul. Tasali had attempted to rape Sierra on a deserted street but became enraged and murdered her after she resisted. After the murder he fled across the border to Syria where he briefly joined the FSA before returning to home where he was arrested by Turkish officials and the FBI.
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A ten year-old child soldier of the Free Syrian Army has an emotional breakdown after witnessing the...
A ten year-old child soldier of the Free Syrian Army has an emotional breakdown after witnessing the death of a fellow rebel during fighting in Krak des Chevaliers, a suburb of the Syrian city of Homs.
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Yara Saleh  a nationally acclaimed news correspondent for Syria s Al-Ikhbariya network appearing in ...
Yara Saleh, a nationally acclaimed news correspondent for Syria's Al-Ikhbariya network appearing in a Free Syrian Army propaganda video after she was abducted along with her camera-crew at gunpoint by rebels while covering a story in a Damascus suburb. Saleh, forced in to wearing a headscarf in the video is later rescued by the Syrian military unharmed.
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A Free Syrian Army soldier preparing to fire a rocket launcher.
A Free Syrian Army soldier preparing to fire a rocket launcher.
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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Free Syrian Army soldier walking among rubble in Aleppo.jpg
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Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they gather in al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge ...
Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they gather in al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge area on Damascus International Airport Road November 24, 2013.
With permission by Reuters / Msallam Abd Albaset
Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels hold a planning session. The FSA is not a single group  rather it is a...
Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels hold a planning session. The FSA is not a single group, rather it is a mishmash or umbrella organization of varied political and religious militant factions as well as defected Syrian regime soldiers
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in ea...
A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
With permission by Reuters/William Ismail