Was the strategy of the Syrian rebels a "rope a dope" for the Syrian army, and they fell for it?

Fighting in Syria continued to squeeze the rebel forces by pro-Assad forces in northern Syria. But as fighting escalated in what was a push by Assad forces to the north, Assad's tanks kept getting knocked out by anti-tank missiles. Now Assad's forces are being turned back and killed, with the accomplishment... show more Fighting in Syria continued to squeeze the rebel forces by pro-Assad forces in northern Syria. But as fighting escalated in what was a push by Assad forces to the north, Assad's tanks kept getting knocked out by anti-tank missiles. Now Assad's forces are being turned back and killed, with the accomplishment of Kafr Nabudah.

It would appear that the rebels were being helped by the US to repel the Syrian advance. A sort of "rope a dope" strategy.

How do you see that the fight is continuing?

Will Assad never get all of his country back?

Are the Russians not effective as Syria's ally?

What will the rebels call their territory once it is secured?
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