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  • The Free Syrian Army is a group of defected Syrian Armed Forces officers and soldiers, founded during the Syrian uprising or civil war on 29 July 2011 by five or seven defected Syrian officers. The group defined "all [Syrian] security forces attacking civilians" as their enemies, and said its goal to be "to bring down the system" or "to bring this regime down". On 23 September 2011, the Free Syrian Army merged with the Free Officers Movement; Western observers like The Wall Street Journal considered the FSA since then the main military defectors group. 90 percent of the FSA consists of Sunni Muslims, but a small minority are Alawites and some Druze fought in FSA units, some FSA units are led by Druze. As for further ethnic minorities, a Palestinian rebel commander in the Yarmouk enclave in southern Damascus in 2012 considered his rebel brigade to be part of FSA. The FSA coordinated with the Syrian National Council starting in December 2011, and supported the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces after the coalition's November 2012 creation.

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