Inside the Chaos of the Anti-Assad Rebellion

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A Free Syrian Army fighter looks back while pointing his weapon at a police academy as smoke rises during fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, on the outskirt of Aleppo, March 2.

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Syria‘s rebels have been locked in a bloody uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad for nearly two years.

But for 27 days after it was formed last December, the Free Syrian Army’s Military Command—elected by some 550 rebel delegates and tasked with commanding and controlling the myriad groups on the ground—did not receive so much as a bullet from its Arab and Western supporters.

That lack of aid threatened to crush the nascent Military Command’s credibility with the fighting men inside Syria.

Full dispatch here.