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Free Syrian Army

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Bad Ideas of the Free Syrian Army

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Who is the Free Syrian Army?

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Free Syrian Army fighters battle with govt soldiers in streets of Aleppo

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Al Jazeera meets Free Syrian Army fighters

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Free Syrian Army forces storming Al-Khwein in rural Idlib

The Free Syrian Army is a loose faction in the Syrian Civil War founded on 29 July 2011 by officers of the Syrian Armed Forces who said their goal was to bring down the government of Bashar al-Assad. A formal organisation at its founding, its structure gradually dissipated by late 2012, and the FSA identity has since been used arbitrarily by various opposition groups.
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  • History 

  • Armed groups with the Free Syrian Army 

  • International support for Free Syrian Army groups 

  • Debates over the FSA's viability and unity as a fighting force 

  • Allegations of war crimes committed by FSA-affiliated groups