Meanwhile, just across the 'border' in Iraq, the whole country's a 'rebel'-friendly-free zone. Not a rollicking freedom fighter to be found anywhere. Just fanatics with guns and beards who take people hostage:
"Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as 'human shields' in strategic sites in the city as Iraqi troops advance, the UN human rights office confirmed on Friday." (IS uses thousands as human shields in Mosul: UN, Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters/ Sydney Morning Herald, 30/10/16)
Iraq's sooo much easier to understand than Syria.