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It’s Not Easy Being a Rebel in Syria

The rebel Free Syrian Army’s Col. Riad al-Asaad was reportedly injured in a blast, while the Free Syrian Army rejected the political council’s appointment of Ghassan Hitto as provisional prime minister.

One of the Syrian rebels’ top military leaders was wounded – and perhaps killed – by a bomb today in eastern Syria, while Syria’s tenuous opposition threatened to come further unglued after the resignation of its leader and a rejection of the group’s new provisional prime minister.

Col. Riad al-Asaad, the nominal head of the Free Syrian Army, was injured in a blast in the town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Agence France-Presse reports that, according to the Observatory, Colonel Assad survived a car bomb and was transferred to Turkey for treatment of his injuries. . .

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