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The uneasy normal of 'Free Syria'

The territory between the northern city of Aleppo and the Turkish border is firmly under rebel control, but aerial attacks from the Syrian Army leave residents far from safe.

Family members wait outside a clandestine hospital after a fighter jet from the Assad Air Force fired on the northern Syrian city of Al-Bab.

Javier Manzano

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(Monitor correspondent Tom Peter spent a week and a half making daily trips into rebel-held territory in northern Syria to report on Syrian Air Force bombings of bread lines and demonstrations; makeshift refugee camps along the Turkish border; the rebels' plea for a safe zonerebel efforts at self-governance; the Free Syrian Army's weapon shortages and scores of recent defectors; and the deep divides growing within Syrian society, which have put even brothers on opposing sides.)

Crossing the border into Syria without the government's consent once meant ducking under a lonely stretch of border fence and navigating mine fields.


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