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00:00:01
>> President Bashar al-Assad may have vowed to recapture every inch of Syria.
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But this army does benefit from Turkish troops on the ground.
00:00:22
But it's not without challenges, the army is comprised of 35,000 fighters from some of Syria's biggest Rebel factions. And rivalries between these groups have long prevented them from forming a united front.>>
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> The regime is at our borders, the PKK and the Islamic state were also at our borders. So we need a force large enough to enable us to defend ourselves from these three enemies.>> And the formation of that force may becoming at a crucial time, backed by Iran and Russia.
00:00:44
And will continue the formation of this army in an appropriate and civilized manner. Colonel Afisi has recently had to issue orders, instructing fighters to stop randomly opening fire, and to wear uniforms. As well as banning separate fractions from operating their own jails.
00:01:06
The presence of soldiers from NATO's second biggest army complicates any government offensive here. Assad says, Turkey is illegally occupying Syrian territory, Turkey pushed into Northwest Syria in two operations. Euphrates shield against Islamic state, and olive branch against the Kurdish YPG. Which it sees as an extension of the Kurdistan worker's party, or PKK, and this army's stated enemies align.
00:01:32
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00:01:50
Assad's military has swiftly regained territory, most recently around Damascus and in the southwest. On Friday, dozens of air strikes hit rebel areas in the northwest. In what is seen as a possible prelude, to a full-scale government offensive.