Fighters of the National Army, which is backed by Turkey, ride motorbikes during a graduation ceremony in Al-Bab. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A "National Army" being set up by Syrian rebels with Turkey's help could become a long-term obstacle to President Bashar Assad's recovery of the northwest – if they can end factional rivalries that have long blighted the opposition.The presence of Turkish forces on the ground helped shield it from government attack.Col. Haitham Afisi, head of the National Army, says setting up the force has been no easy task over the last year.IDLIB EXPANSION?The National Army compromises some 35,000 fighters from some of the biggest factions in the war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, and forced some 11 million people from their homes over the last seven years.Afisi said the National Army could be quickly merged with Turkish-backed rebels in Idlib if necessary.
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