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2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions by Aron Lund

2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions By Aron Lund December 25, 2014 for Syria Comment Lots of things happened in 2014, but the single most important development was the rise of the Islamic State as an independent actor in Syria and as a global bogeyman, shifting the terms of Western and Arab Syria debate. The split […]

The death of Abdelqader Saleh

The Death of Abdelqader Saleh by Aron Lund for Syria Comment Sunday, 17 November 2013 A spokesperson for the Syrian rebels’ Supreme Military Command just confirmed to me that Abdelqader Saleh, the military leader of the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo, is dead. Saleh was one of the commanders hit in an airstrike a few days […]

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy [updated]

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy By Aron Lund for Syria Comment Sept. 24, 2013 [Updates & additional commentary added to the end of the post] Abdelaziz Salame, the highest political leader of the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo, has issued a statement online where he claims to speak for 13 different […]

Are the Islamic Courts of Aleppo run by al-Nusra? Aron Lund Answers

Aleppo’s Hayaa Sharia (Legal Commission) is the biggest experiment in local governance and rebel rule in northern Syria, although still just one of many mostly local attempts. It is a court system which serves as a rudimentary governance apparatus and mediation tool, set up in collaboration between many groups and started by three or four armed factions: Jabhat al-Nusra (AQ), Ahrar al-Sham (SIF), Liwa al-Tawhid (which became part of SILF later, also SMC) and maybe Suqour al-Sham (SMC & SILF charter member).

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment   [updated July 24, 2013] MEET ALI KAYALI The murder of the Syrian regime loyalist Mohammed Darrar Jammo in Lebanon, now said to have been an internal family affair, led to much firing in the air. At Jammo’s funeral in Latakia, there was a heavy presence of militiamen, and militiawomen, […]