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ANALYSIS Despite warnings from Syria, it would appear that there’s going to be an intervention on behalf of the rebels by US air power backed by Turkish troops and other Gulf troops. That would be a mistake as the rebels who were a ragtag bunch before the conflict turned on them at Aleppo are now even less credible. There are only two ‘rebel’ factions who are profiting from the chaos of the Syrian conflict – al Nusra in Idlib and of course DAESH in Raqqa. As for the others they are too divided to form a united front and are odds with the Kurds in the north, where America has begun to use an airstrip. Syria’s hard fought success on the battlefield has come at an appalling cost in lives – dead and destroyed – and any prolonging of this conflict can only result in further suffering. Waves and waves of desperate people with nowhere to go are already stranded on the Turkish border as Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah and Russian airpower close in on Aleppo. There will of course be more fighting – against al Nusra and Daesh – whether this will also include the horrendous spectacle of another Western backed intervention is the question.

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TEMPLATE NEWS 2016