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Syria’s Secular and Islamist Rebels: Who Are the Saudis and the Qataris Arming?
By Rania Abouzeid / Idlib province
September 18, 2012
Vast swathes of northern Syria, especially in the province of Idlib, have slipped out of the hands of President Bashar Assad, if not quite out of his reach. The area is now a de facto liberated zone, though the daily attacks by Damascus’s air force and the shelling from the handful of checkpoints and bases regime forces have fallen back to are a reminder that the rebel hold on theterritory remains fluid and fragile.