Syria rebels slam US, Gulf states following intl peace efforts

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The Free Syrian Army soldiers admit they won't be able to claim capital Damascus without foreign support, but their aren't counting on it anymore as the US and the Gulf states are "liars," RT's Maria Finoshina reports from rebel-held area in Syria. The Russia-US deal has led to cancellation of US airstrikes against the targets of Syrian government and the Arab states holding back on their aid to the opposition forces. But not everybody in the country wants a peaceful solution to the 2.5-year-long civil war as the rebels have accused their foreign backers of not keeping their promises. "The security belt that the regime created around Damascus is huge and to target it we need many fighters and advanced weapons, and to be honest we don't have such kind of weapons," Oraba Idriss, who defected the government forces to become the 1st Maghaweer brigade commander for the Free Syrian Army, told RT. "But what we can do -- is launch operations here and there to release the pressure of the regime." Last month's attack on Maaloula, in the south-west of the country, could've been part of that strategy as the ancient, mostly-Christian settlement, remains the only obstacle preventing the fighters from two large Syrian battlegrounds uniting. The village, which is loyal to the Syrian authorities, lies in a valley surrounded by mountains on the way from Homs to Damascus and is surrounded by villages held by the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

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