Syrian al-Qaeda Seizes More ‘Moderate’ Rebel Positions

Pro-US Rebels Losing the Last of Their Northern Holdings

New reports out of northwest Syria are that al-Qaeda’s faction in the country, Jabhat al-Nusra, is once again on the offensive, and is driving the “moderate” rebel factions from their last few territorial possessions in the region.

The two sides are disputing who started the latest round of fighting, with Nusra insisting that they had to act after the pro-US rebels captured a pair of their fighters and seized an office in disputed territory.

The “Hazzm” faction, a secular rebel bloc active in the Idlib Province, never had much territory to begin, and lost much of it when the US began its air war, making their allies targets for retaliation.

Other than these rapidly falling parts of Idlib, “moderate” rebels also hold a small amount of territory immediately adjacent to the Jordan border, though this too seems like it could fall to Nusra at a moment’s notice, if Nusra decided to make a serious push at it.

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