somehow a symbol of the oppression and violence of the assad regime. it is a strategic base, but it's also very precious for an insurgent group or a group like i.s. to conquer it. they could liberate the prisoners and say they have done something against the acai regime. for the last couple of months, we have seen there was some kind of tactical balance with both sides of boarding direct confrontation and taking on other rebel groups. i think this is an important moment. >> does i.s. have the upper hand against the assad regime? >> i don't think so. we saw skirmishes going on, writing in this area for a long time, but i think what is important or the assad regime -- it can say to the world that they are defending the world interests, defending world cultural heritage site against evil. i understand that many people sympathize with the army of the assad regime. >> was talked about a third of highest fighters come from europe. >> it's not the first time politicians come up with these kind of suggestions, and it would be hypocritical of me to say that i have a strategy to neutralize i.s.
regime of the president bashar al-assad still have? >> attention has been drawn to his shortage of soldiers and money. rebel groups seem to be receiving more outside. -- outside support. class -- >> islamist rebels jump into action, fighting off a counterattack by the steering army -- the syrian army. the rebels are part of a new alliance of hard-line islamists and the syrian branch of al qaeda. they see a strategic city 10 days ago and now government troops are fighting back. but the rebels are holding strong. they have also pushed back president bashar al-assad posts -- president bashar al-assad's troops. the rebels took control of the capital in the via a few weeks ago. they have moved even closer to the mediterranean coast. it is the heartland of the country out of white minority. -- the country's aloueitte minority. those who stay are happy that the rebels are here. >> thank god that the opposition has taken over this city. now, there is no trace of the regime or its killing squads. but we are still suffering from airstrikes and bombing attacks. >> the rebels sent an opportuni
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