Meanwhile, as predicted, moderate rebels are leaving their attempts to fight a virtual "Islamic State" and the very real Syrian government and just try to salvage what they can get with that disappearing support.
>Demoralized by the loss of Aleppo and at odds over foreign ties, Syria's two most important rebel groups have turned on one another this week. The fight in northern Syria, particularly in Idlib province, has pitted Ahrar al-Sham against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. The Salafist groups historically have had strong ties, even as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham targeted other rebel factions, which were themselves divided.
>The latest dispute erupted amid growing mistrust over shifting political alliances, particularly when it comes to foreign backing. Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is under increasing pressure as the United States ramps up its targeted strikes against its leadership and as Turkey toughens its stance on the group. This has made it much more difficult for it to ignore the close links that other rebel groups maintain with the United States and other foreign backers And the concern is not just that the foreign backers will crack down on certain rebel groups but also that foreign backing distracts from the rebels' primary cause, deposing Assad.
Apparently, failure of Aleppo was not accepted lightly.