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Mapping Syria's Civil War

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, August 21 2012

Screenshot of the map created by the Institute for the Study of War

The BBC reports that the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has compiled a map that shows what parts of Syria are in the hands of the Free Syrian Army and what parts are still under the regime's control. Given the difficulty in gaining independent access to Syria, this is an important source of information.

On the ISW's methodology:

Reports from opposition groups, such as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as well as from the official Syrian Arab News Agencyand international journalists in Syria were all taken into account when compiling the map.

In roughly 25% of incidents, ISW analysts were able to cross-reference accounts of fighting and events from official government and rebel sources.

The ISW says that the "rebel-held zones" on its map are under de facto Free Syrian Army (FSA) control.

Based on the quotes from the ISW spokesperson, it sounds as though the Syrian army is rapidly losing ground to the rebels.

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