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Syria's Southern Rebels Take Step Toward Unity

Rebels in southern Syria say they have taken a step toward unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defense pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. The south is the last major stronghold of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad following the expansion of Islamic State in the east and north and gains by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front in the northwest. A short drive from Damascus, the southern...

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