FSA on verge of collapse in Syria
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The so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) is on the verge of collapse due to its deteriorating internal rifts, and the situation in Syria is further shifting in favor of the government, a political analyst tells Press TV. "The Free Syrian Army right now is in disarray and is collapsing," said Lawrence Freeman in a Friday interview with Press TV. "I think the situation is tilting right now against the Syrian Free Army and the opposition in favor of the government," he said. The analyst noted that, about six weeks ago, the representatives of different spectrums of the FSA met with the representatives of the Syrian government, during which they discussed a six-point plan aimed at resolving the crisis internally. Over the past months, the Syrian army has managed to inflict major losses on anti-Damascus armed groups. The army has also conducted successful clean-up operations across the country. On Thursday, Syrian troops regained full control of Khanasser, a strategic town in the northern Aleppo Province, which links central Syria to the province. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.