Archive for the 'Opposition' Category

Battle in East Ghouta, Damascus: Rebels Claim to kill 800 Syrian Army Soldiers

In the Battle for East Ghouta, Rebels claim (unverified) 800 dead Syrian soldiers, but Islamic Front militias are not fighting under one banner. They remain divided into groups with Ahrar al-Sham fighting with Nusra under one banner. See battle video.

“Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa,” by Chris Looney

ISIS has employed a governance strategy in Raqqa that is focused on solidifying its rule through intimidation, creating an economy of dependence. Although ISIS may be focused on consolidating its rule locally and expanding its sway within Syria and Iraq for the time being, attacking the West remains a long term strategic objective.

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 […]

Notes on the Growing Struggle between ISIS, Nusra/Ahrar, and other factions of the FSA

Infighting among rebel groups is more ferocious than ever. ISIS is becoming more radicalized as it tries to consolidate its rule over large chunks of the rebel zone. This means fighting other militias. As a result, Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham are working together more closely than ever both to counter ISIS and to take […]

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded.

The Syrian Army has gone on the offensive, retaking a key town - al-Sfireh – on the south-east of Aleppo. On Monday, the town of Tal Aran, on the Safira-Aleppo road, also fell. The army then secured the area around the city’s airport and retook a strategically important base nearby, named Base 80, a large military position which […]