Obama Owes Syrians and Americans a Vision of Syria’s Future By Joshua Landis, June 15, 2013 Will Obama be content if the Free Syrian Army can keep the North of Syria and finish taking Aleppo? Will he decide that the rebels should take Damascus as well, pushing the regime and the Alawite religious group, which [...]Show More Summary
Obama Owes Syrians and Americans a Detailed Vision of Syria’s Future By Joshua Landis, For Syria Comment – Expanded from a BBC article June 15, 2013 Will Obama be content if the Free Syrian Army can keep the North of Syria and finish taking Aleppo. This would correspond roughly to the present status quo with [...]Show More Summary
A Free Syrian Army unit receiving medical supplies coordinated by the Syrian Support Group. Via Facebook. Louay Sakka is a co-founder of the Syrian Support Group, which was set up to help promote democracy in Syria and support the moderate members of the Free Syrian Army as they fight Assad regime. Show More Summary
The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.
Lebanese authorities filed complaints with the U.N. Security Council and with the Arab League over Syrian air raids and rocket attacks carried out by Syrian regime troops and the rebel Free Syrian Army, government sources said Friday. The sources told An Nahar daily that the two moves were made on Thursday night after reports that [...]
June 14, 2013 ESSAY Syria's Collapse And How Washington Can Stop It By Andrew J. Tabler June 14, 2013 Article Summary and Author Biography A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with the Syrian Army in central Aleppo, 2012. Show More Summary
From Our Readers Yamin sent the following in an email: The Syrian Government ignores 70 percent of the Opposition fighters being Free Syrian Army and label all of them as al-Qaeda or Jabhat al-Nusra. To them any fighters, regardless of their just causes, are Moslem fanatics. Hilarious. The Opposition ignores 95 percent of the forces opposing [...]Show More Summary
The battle is over. The rebels have lost. That’s the word from Syria, where civilians and members of the Free Syrian Army have fled the town of al-Qusayr. Now overrun by government troops. According to reports, those troops were augmented by Hezbollah fighters. The city is located close to the Lebanese border.
The military chief of the main umbrella group of Syrian rebels says his men are ready to fight Hezbollah militants inside neighbouring Lebanon. Gen Selim Idriss of the Free Syrian Army told the BBC that Hezbollah fighters were “invading” Syria and Lebanon was doing nothing to stop them. Gen Idriss denied rebels were losing the [...]
The Free Syrian Army, which took over control of al-Qusayr nearly a year ago, had expelled the Christian population and confiscated their homes. She has been expelled by the Syrian Arab Army, backed by Hezbollah. As it was pulling out,...Show More Summary
Free Syrian Army ( FSA) leader Gen. Salim Idriss gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to get Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria, Voice of Lebanon Radio reported on Tuesday Last week he also warned the Lebanese government [...]
? Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has gone into Syria, unannounced, to meet with Gen. Salem Idris, “leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army.” ? “Texas prohibits nearly 70 percent of its counties from having a fire code.” ?...Show More Summary
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) secretly crossed the border into Syria to speak with rebel leaders allied with the Free Syrian Army on Monday, according to his spokeswoman. While Rachael Dean confirmed McCain stole across the border, she refused to go into details about the trip. The news is surprising, given the danger involved in such [...]Show More Summary
A photo posted of Senator John McCain by an SETF organizer, Mouaz Mustafa inside Free Syria, May 27, 2013. / INSTAGRAM/SOCCERMOUAZ Senator John McCain became the highest ranking US officials to meet with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the … Continue reading ?
The rebel Free Syrian Army on Sunday strongly condemned the Sunday rocket attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs, distancing itself from an earlier threat by an FSA official that the “fire raging in Syria will spread into Lebanon.” “We condemn in the strongest terms the act of sabotage and terrorism that targeted Dahiyeh and reiterate our [...]
While the city of al-Qusayr was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army bolstered by Hezbollah combatants, the president of the National Coalition (opposition), Georges Sabra, called on all units affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to send in their men to "rescue" the city. Show More Summary
Suggesting that the Free Syrian Army believes Iranians are in Syria--which is probably true--is not the same thing as saying "Iran has sent soldiers to Syria" to fight on Assad's behalf.
A member of the Free Syrian Army dives in the Euphrates river in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, on May 21, 2013.
The Free Syrian Army has vowed to punish those committing atrocities, as anger mounted at a video showing a rebel filmed apparently cutting out and eating the organs of a soldier."Any act contrary to the values that the Syrian people...Show More Summary
As I blogged earlier this week, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion's Twitter account and used it to post a bunch of dumb messages attacking Israel, the US, and the UN. Now, the Onion's IT administrators have posted a detailed account of how Syrian hackers used a series of staged and careful phishing attacks [...]