Rebel fighters attend military training in Idlib province, Syria, October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Syrian opposition figures will return to Geneva Thursday for new U.N.-sponsored talks with President Bashar Assad's regime on their country's six-year conflict.Rebels now hold just 13 percent of Syria, according to Fabrice Balanche, a geographer at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.Daesh (ISIS) comes at a close second with 33 percent of Syria, and Kurdish groups hold about 20 percent.Will rebel infighting affect the talks? While the rebel movement has long been fractured, new fissures erupted last month in northwest Syria that have forced opposition factions to choose between militants and other Islamist hard-liners.Given the Syrian army's gains and the growing momentum of parallel talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey in Astana, Kazakhstan, the opposition is unlikely to score any major wins at Geneva.Notorious for its brutal tactics, Daesh is currently facing simultaneous offensives by Syrian rebels, regime forces and Kurdish militia.
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