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The Raqqa Diaries by Samer review – brutal and powerful

Reports smuggled out of Isis-occupied Syria detail the horrors faced by a desperate population In March 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters, alongside the al-Qaida-linked militia Jabhat al-Nusra, liberated Raqqa, a city in Syria’s east. Statues of Assad were attacked, detainees were set free, a hip-hop concert was held. Show More Summary

U.S. immigration ban ‘closes its heart’ to the people, says Syrian refugee who may not attend Oscars

3 months agoArts : Art Beat

Hala with her four children: Sara, Farah, Helen and Mohammed. Credit: Alina Emrich For three years, documentary filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen followed one Syrian family: Hala, her husband Abu Ali, a commander in the Free Syrian Army, and their four young children: Sara, Farah, Helen and Mohammed. Show More Summary

Hama-based rebel group withdraws from Syria ceasefire: statement

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A rebel group fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner in northwest Syria has withdrawn from a shaky nationwide ceasefire, blaming the government and its allies for violations.

Jihadists crush Syria rebel group, in a blow to diplomacy

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A powerful jihadist group has crushed a Free Syrian Army rebel faction in northwestern Syria, in an attack that threatens to deal a critical blow to the more moderate wing of the Syrian rebellion and derail new Russian-backed peace talks.

Jihadists in Syria launch assault on rebels attending peace talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A jihadist group launched a major assault on Free Syrian Army factions in Syria as they attended peace talks in Kazakhstan, rebel officials said on Tuesday, igniting a new conflict among insurgents that could further strengthen the government's hand.

Former FSA commander's visit to Moscow stirs anger

Members of the Free Syrian Army denounced a visit by a former rebel commander to Russia.

Syria: Turkey takes fight to Isis in assault on western base of al-Bab

Assault on stronghold, thought to be where Istanbul attack was planned, will soon be over, say Erdo?an and Free Syria Army Turkey has said the operation to retake the Syrian town of al-Bab, Islamic State’s westernmost stronghold, will...Show More Summary

Syria rebels freeze negotiations, saying truce violated

Free Syrian Army and other groups pull out of discussions about Kazakhstan peace talks due to assault on Wadi Barada.

Syrian Opposition Leader: Obama ‘Gave Us False Hopes,’ Hopefully Trump Is Different

4 months agoNews : Mediaite

A leader with the Free Syrian Army told CNN International Monday that President Barack Obama had not lived up to his promises and they hope president-elect Donald Trump represents a shift in policy in combating ISIS.

Syria army presses fight near Damascus despite truce

Rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner in Wadi Barada warn the fragile ceasefire is in danger of collapse.

Evacuations resume in Aleppo after rebel forces burn evac buses

4 months agoHumor / odd : Death and Taxes

The Free Syrian Army called it  a " reckless act endangering the lives of nearly 50,000 people."

18th Century Cannon technology being used in Syria

The Rahman Corps is a Syrian Rebel group operating in the Damascus region. It is independent of the Free Syrian Army, but is on friendly terms with the opposition group. Via the group’s Youtube channel, some videos have been released...Show More Summary

Putin targets East Aleppo rebels; Did Trump’s Election doom them?

by Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Some 2,000 rebel fighters, most of them Muslim fundamentalists, others remnants of the Free Syrian Army, are trying to break the Syrian regime’s…

The United Kingdom takes over the training of jihadists in Syria

The British Minister for Defence, Michael Fallon, has announced that his country is going to reform the Free Syrian Army. This means that his government is going to take over the training programme for the so-called «moderate» combatants which was launched by President Obama in 2014. Show More Summary

Unidentified SF working in Aleppo

Photographs of the rebel group Free Syrian Army have been circulating around since September that show a group of soldiers firing 81mm mortars at enemy positions in the vicinity of Aleppo. The odd part about the photos is that some of the troops firing the mortars don’t appear to be FSA troops at all. Show More Summary

Syrian Rebels Close In on Dabiq, Village Crucial to ISIS Ideology

7 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and a U.S.-led coalition are closing in on the Islamic State militant group-held village of Dabiq, the site of an apocalyptic prophesy central to the militant group's ideology. Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel...Show More Summary

75 Million and Counting: The Deadly History of the AK-47

Blake Franko Security, It might be the only weapon of war produced by almost 100 countries.  A few days ago, fighters from the Free Syrian Army ran American special-operations forces out of a town near the Turkish border, hurling insults like “infidels,” “crusaders,” “dogs” and “pigs.” These fighters, who are actively benefiting from U.S. Show More Summary

Free Syrian Army rebels abduct a key Hezbollah official and his wife

Free Syrian Army rebels in the outskirts of Western al-Qalamoun in Rif Damascus abducted  a key Hezbollah official and his wife while they were driving through the Lebanese town of Ham, the Saudi Okaz daily reported on Monday. “Free Syrian Army rebels  in the outskirts of Western al-Qalamoun carried out a quality operation and were able […]

‘Pigs! Crusaders!’: U.S.-Backed Fundamentalist Militias Drive U.S. Commandos Out of al-Ray, Syria

7 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Fundamentalist militiamen of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army chased American commandos out of al-Ray in Syria near the Turkish border, cursing them as “pigs” and “crusaders” and asserting that the United States is attempting a military occupation of Syria.

The «moderates» violate the cease-fire in Syria

The «moderates» of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked the Kurds of the YPG in the North of Syria after the cease-fire had come into force. Russia specifically asked the FSA to stop fighting. In reality, this group of the FSA was formed by the Turkish army during the «liberation» of Jarablus, which until then had been occupied by Daesh. Show More Summary

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