Rebel fighters restock on ammunition, in a street west of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 9, 2016.
AFP / THAER MOHAMMED
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Gulf Arab states that have funded and armed the rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad are not yet ready to give up on aiding the insurgency, even as the rebels seem headed for defeat.That has plunged the Sunni Arab rulers into doubt and introspection, after years of calling for Assad's overthrow and backing the rebels against him in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.According to Dakheel, the Gulf rulers are hoping for a boost from Washington with the looming change in U.S. presidential administration. They believe outgoing President Barack Obama was too reluctant to commit military force to confronting Assad and too soft on Iran more generally, and hope for a tougher line from Donald Trump. Obama threatened to take military action against Assad's government to punish it for using chemical weapons in 2013, but then canceled the strikes at the last minute after a Russian-brokered deal under which Assad agreed to give up his poison gas arsenal.
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