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24 August 2016

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Assad and Putin most probably got something out of all the whirlwind of diplomacy that preceded the whirlwind of alliance changing and fighting.

Turkish newspapers are reporting the number of FSA rebels as 5,000 (whether that covers just the FSA or all the other jihadi groups I'm not sure) but they must have come from somewhere, and with those numbers quite a few must have come from the Aleppo/Idlib area (I've seen a rumour they were offered higher wages).

That must weaken the terrorists in the West to Assad and Russia's advantage. They did get something out of the diplomacy. And in the East, as they had little or no control, they lost little or nothing.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/timeline-of-euphrates-shield-operation-in-jarablus.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103175&NewsCa
tID=352

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