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After Years Of Fighting, Syria’s Rebels Face A Bleak Future


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A shift in geopolitics opened the way to a deal that may end the war at the rebels’ expense

The latest peace effort in Syria’s nearly six-year civil war is beginning to follow a familiar script.

Activists say the ceasefire that went into effect nationwide last week is already “on the verge of collapse,” after a series of alleged regime strikes on rebel-held areas in the Barada valley and Damascus suburbs. Several rebel factions have responded by threatening to pull out of Russian-led peace talks in Kazakhstan slated for later this month. Meanwhile, the rebel Free Syrian Army is readying a violent response, activist Mazen al-Shami told Vocativ over Skype from his home in East Ghouta, just outside Damascus. – READ MORE

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