Why one-sided reporting on Syria harbours big dangers

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Key developments
  • Supported by the Turkish military, rebels expanded their territory and cut off the Islamic State’s connection to the Turkish border. Their next aim is to march on the strategically important town of al-Bab which is currently held by IS. 
  • After weeks of costly fighting, pro-regime forces have retaken the Ramouseh artillery base. East-Aleppo is effectively under siege again. However, it is likely that rebels will be able to open a new corridor in the future. The pro-Assad forces are overstretched and despite some elite units, their fighting force appears small. 
  • Many rumors circulate regarding a merger of the big rebel groups in northern Syria. There is too little information yet, but with every day of war continuing, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham’s (formerly Nusra) acceptance will increase.
  • The rebel-opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has unveiled a transition plan. A HNC spokesman said that it would be based on the principles of equality and justice and that all groups will be represented without discrimination based on religion or ethnicity. Sounds good, but I would be interested in some rebel faction’s interpretations of all this. 
Side note: According to Reuters, Lebanon indicted two Syrian intelligence officers in connection with bombings at  Sunni mosques in Tripoli two years ago. The clashes that followed at that time left hundreds dead and wounded.
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