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Among the Syrian rebels


What kind of Syria are the Syrian rebels fighting for, a religious or a secular state, democratic or autocratic, realistic or unrealistic?

These questions have been asked off and on during their long battle with President Assad but now that they seem to have destroyed much of the infrastructure of his rule, thoughts about what next seem somehow more pressing.

The BBC's Paul Wood, who has been with Syrian rebels on the edge of Damascus, reflects on the situation and the people he has met and spoken to in the town of Zabadani.

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