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The Rise And Ugly Fall Of A Moderate Syrian Rebel Offers Lessons For The West

In this undated photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated
In this undated photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Jamal Maarouf, the head of the rebel Syrian Revolutionaries Front, holding a rifle, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The moderate Syrian rebels that Washington hopes will battle the Islamic State extremist group are hemorrhaging on multiple fronts. In a key battle earlier this month they rapidly collapsed in the face of an assault by al-Qaida fighters, with some rebels surrendering their weapons and others outright defecting to the extremists. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

In Syria’s chaotic and increasingly radicalized revolution, one man stood out for having resolutely moderate views, a large following and, it was widely whispered, the support of the United States and its allies.

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