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Western-backed rebels in northern Syria are fighting to survive in the face of advances on their strongholds both by jihadists and government forces
"More than ever the rebellion is caught in a pincer movement between the regime and IS, there is today a real risk it will quickly run low on the oxygen it needs to survive,"
Says Karim Bitar, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations.
Developing their own telecommunication network, similar to what Hezbollah did in the July 2006 war in Lebanon
The internal telecom network helped prevent Israeli intelligence from having access to private communications between the Resistance fighters and from eavesdropping on them.
The ability of Palestinian factions to use their private telecom network set a new precedent in the history of the struggle against the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories.
There were no immediate reports of deaths from the quake, which was measured at a magnitude of 6.2 and was felt across a broad swath of western Iran and eastern Iraq, officials said.