According to the WaPo and their "rebel" sources, the lads with the guns and the beards are rollicking freedom fighters warmly embraced by the Syrian people:
"Syrian and Russian aircraft have laid waste to civilian infrastructure in Idlib and just about every other rebel-friendly area of the country, according to rebels, activists, monitoring groups, aid organisations and human rights groups." (Air strikes hit school, say observers, Hugh Naylor, Washington Press/Sydney Morning Herald, 28/11/16)
But wait, what's this?
"The UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura... said 275,000 civilians... were 'hostages' to these fighters' presence... " (Follow me out: UN envoy urges jihadists, The Times/The Australian, 8/10/16)