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Syrian rebels capture Al-Qaeda-linked base in Aleppo

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Free Syrian Army fighters erect the Syrian opposition flag in Aleppo, 8 January 2014.
Free Syrian Army fighters erect the Syrian opposition flag in Aleppo, 8 January 2014. Reuters/Nashwan Marzouk

Syrian rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the jihadist fighter group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday. This, as clashes between opposition forces raged into a sixth day. A leading defence analyst at Royal United Services in London, Shashank Joshi, comments on the impact of this development.