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FSA rebels: We would have won if not for Iran

aljazeera -
In the summer of 2012 the leading commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were confident momentum was with them.

A bomb blast deep inside central Damascus had just taken out four senior commanders of the Syrian army, including the country's defence minister, Dawoud Rajiha, and his deputy, Assef Shawkat, who was also President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law.

The explosion, believed to have been carried out by an insider sympathetic to the opposition cause, gave hope to rebels that it was only a matter of time before Assad met a similar fate.

That hope was bolstered by successes on the battlefield, as ragtag groups of fighters coalesced into more effective armed groups, large swathes of the country started to

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