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Don't underestimate Free Syrian Army

The Free Syrian Army is playing a larger, more successful role in the revolution than media coverage reflects.

The topic of Syria has become a pawn in a game with many players, each with its respective ideology. Amid this situation, some media outlets have been trying to paint the revolution with colors of extremism by only mentioning Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State (IS), while the international media only reports news about jihadist factions.

What is more, the state-owned media have ignored the revolution throughout its four years, and have failed to acknowledge that army soldiers are defecting. These soldiers have become the pillars of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the revolution's military wing. The regime says only that it is fighting against extremist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and IS. It is as though these groups control all Syrian territories, and the Syrian army is battling against them day and night.

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