"The formation of a Council looks like a step towards a unified command, but it is too soon to describe it as a positive development or to offer odds in favor of its longevity or effectiveness. The entire process could backfire easily."
I don't it is too soon. Previous history shows that not only will it not be effective, but it will produce blowback. Of course, this is chaos what the US, Israel, Turkey, the GCC, etc., want for the excuse to intervene militarily. If real leaders existed instead of globalist puppets they would move heaven and earth to insure Assad is able to overcome these religious nutcases.