Syrian rebels put their own aims aside to fight Turkey’s battles

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Fighters leading an offensive against Kurds say they have few options but to stick by their ally

The Syrian rebel commander stared at photographs of his fighters on the hilly frontline at the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, their pickup trucks stalled in the mud after a torrential downpour of rain.

“It’s going to be a tough battle, maybe five or six months,” he said. “[But] we have nobody except Turkey.”

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