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Syrian Activist Recounts 'Desperation' in Rebel Movement


ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A man carries a boy wounded in what the Free Syrian Army said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma district area near Damascus July 13, 2013. The air raid on July 13 was part of al-Assad's campaign to secure the Duma area from rebels, according to the Free Syrian Army. Picture taken July 13. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) TEMPLATE OUT - RTX11ONN

Amer al-Sadeq is the pseudonym of a Syrian activist who has been working to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad since the uprising began more than two years ago. He's based in Damascus.

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Al-Sadeq says many Syrians who work for the Assad government are in fact aiding the rebel movement. But he admits that elements of Syria's opposition movement face deep internal divisions.

"We, as the opposition, out of desperation and out of frustration of the extended inability for us to achieve our goal of toppling the regime and having Syria as a democracy are getting ourselves busy with finding each others defects," Al-Sadeq says. "This is very sad for me, actually, and I know this extends the suffering of Syrian people even more. I seriously condemn everybody doing that."

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    Free Syrian Army fighters discuss military tactics while checking a map on a computer inside a room in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district, July 15, 2013. Picture taken July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT) - RTX11O4A