So-called “moderate” rebels in Syria, loosely defined as those not associated with Al-Qa’ida-inspired groups, are complaining that the American air offensive against ISIS targets is complicating its relations with the Syrian population. The spate of civilian casualties caused by the American bombing campaign has angered Syrians, making it difficult for the anti-Assad rebels to pursue their goal of toppling the regime. Some are accusing the US of reaching an agreement with Assad, whose forces arguably benefit from the anti-ISIS bombings. The moderate rebels have been engaged in battle with ISIS since long before the US entered the fray but are avoiding confrontations now in fear of becoming collateral damage from the American campaign.
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