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Voice of America: US Officials Alarmed at New Syrian Rebel Alliance

GAZIANTEP, TURKEY - Battlefield gains by insurgents in northern Syria, in an alliance dominated by an al-Qaida affiliate, and hardline Islamist militias are presenting the Obama administration with a dilemma — whether to support the new insurgent momentum against President Bashar al-Assad or to have nothing to do with it, U.S. officials say.

While the victories last month and this month over forces loyal to Assad in Idlib province west of Aleppo may mark a turning point in the fortunes of the rebels in the long-running, bloody civil war that has left more than 200,000 dead, U.S. officials say they are alarmed at the composition of the alliance known as Jaish al-Fata, or the Army of Conquest, announced on March 28.

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Civil War In Syria News Updates -- May 13, 2015

Syrian Rebels Say US Train and Equip Program Delayed, At Risk Of Failing -- IBTimes
U.S. Air Force chief: US must decide how to protect Syrian rebels -- The Hill
Syria Slams US For Opening Rebel Training Centers, Calls It Support For Terrorism -- IBtimes
U.S. officials: Assad losses in Syria could become ISIS gains -- CNN
Islamic State makes gains in Syria's central province. -- AP
Hezbollah, Syrian army make big gains in border battle. -- Reuters
Hezbollah, Syrian Army Make Strategic Gains Against Al Qaeda-Led Rebels In Battle Of Qalamoun -- IBTimes
48 dead as IS fights army in Syria's Homs -- AFP
Syrian Regime Desperately Trying to Rescue Troops Stranded in Town Captured by Islamist Rebels -- VICE News
Syrian Men Conscripted In Bashar Assad’s Army Choose Escape Over ‘Kill Or Be Killed’ -- IBTimes
Syria opposition squabbles over ‘revolutionary’ flag -- Al Arabiya/AFP
Inspectors in Syria Find Traces of Banned Military Chemicals -- NYT
Syria and chemical weapons: The gassing continues -- The Economist
Assad Still Has Chemical Arms -- WSJ
Syrian spy chief returns from the cold -- The Guardian
Syria security chief appears with Assad after arrest claim -- AFP
Syria security chief appears with Assad after house arrest claim -- Al Bawaba
Report: Smuggled documents contain war crimes case against Assad -- Haaretz/AP
Investigators have three cases of war crimes against Assad: report -- Al Bawaba
International investigators compile extensive dossier on Assad war crimes -- i24 News
War crimes case against Assad sought after evidence smuggled out of Syria -- Newsweek
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are getting serious about Syria — and that should worry Assad -- Business Insider
Is Syria's war edging towards an outcome? -- Jim Muir, BBC

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