Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades prepare to fire a home-made mortar launcher during a major assault on Syrian government forces West of Aleppo city on October 28, 2016. AFP / Omar haj kadour
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Donald Trump's election as U.S. president Wednesday aroused concern among Syrian rebels and a degree of optimism in Damascus, where his victory was seen as a better outcome than a Hillary Clinton win.While some in the Syrian opposition said Trump had yet to articulate a clear Syria policy, his statements and his more open-minded stance toward Assad's ally Russia have fueled rebel concern about the stance he may adopt on the war, in which Russia's air force has been bombing insurgents.Trump said in an Oct. 25 interview with Reuters that defeating Daesh (ISIS) was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down, and warned that Clinton could drag the U.S. into a new world war over the Syria conflict.In Damascus, a member of the Syrian parliament said he was cautiously optimistic that U.S. policy would shift Assad's way under Trump.Some rebels believe Trump will make no difference to long-established American policy.
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