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Who is the Free Syrian Army? Please Explain…

Posted on: September 9, 2013

Who is the Free Syrian Army? Please Explain…

As the civil war in Syria rages on, it is not always clear who is fighting the government.
The Free Syrian Army, an umbrella group of fighters, has been on the front lines since the middle of 2011.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) formed in July 2011 by a group of officers who defected from the Syrian military largely in response to orders to fire on peaceful protesters labeled as terrorists. Defection, however, is dangerous. Soldiers who do not fire on civilians risk imprisonment, torture and death.
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The Free Syrian Army (FSA) formed in July 2011 by a group of officers who defected from the Syrian military largely in response to orders to fire on peaceful protesters labeled as terrorists. Defection, however, is dangerous. Soldiers who do not fire on civilians risk imprisonment, torture and death.
Copyright 2013 Reuters
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The FSA is headed by Col. Riad al-Asaad (no relation to President Bashar al-Assad) who was injured in a car bomb in March, 2013 (pictured in a hospital). Brigadier General Salim Idris has in effect commanded since Dec. 2012. Idris has called for robust Western intervention.
The FSA was headed by Col. Riad al-Asaad (no relation to President Bashar al-Assad) who was injured in a car bomb in March, 2013 by the other extremist insurgent movement the Nusra Front (pictured in a hospital).
Brigadier General Salim Idris has in effect commanded since Dec. 2012. Idris has called for robust Western intervention. (Sept. 5, 2013, 5:18 a.m.)
3         “A light strike would be worse than doing nothing. If it’s not the death blow, this game helps the regime even more. The Syrian people will only suffer more death and devastation when the regime retaliates.”
Abdel Jabbar Akaidi, FSA head in Aleppo province
Akaidi believes that attacks on government targets such as airports, command centers and missile launchers would cripple the regime. Senior government military officers have reportedly been moved from such sites following President Obama’s call for missile strikes. (Sept. 5, 2013, 12:42 p.m.)
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President Obama has said that the U.S. has only provided non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels. U.S. officials and rebel commanders told the Los Angeles Times that the CIA and U.S. special operatives have secretly trained rebels in the use of anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons since 2012.  (June 21, 2013, 5:44 p.m.)
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Rebels have had a difficult time holding onto territory. As the fighting has dragged on, the Syrian government has given up control of most of the north in favor of the coast and the south. Rebel control of territory is divided between the FSA and religious extremist factions that gain local favor with handouts.  (Sept. 5, 2013, 6:02 a.m.)
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Not all of the fighters in the FSA come from the ranks of the Syrian army and not all of the rebels are affiliated with the FSA. Concerns about religious extremists, particularly those with ties to Al-Qaeda such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, have persisted.
Copyright 2013 Reuters
Not all of the fighters in the FSA come from the ranks of the Syrian army and not all of the rebels are affiliated with the FSA. Concerns about religious extremists, particularly those with ties to Al-Qaeda such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, have persisted.  (Sept. 5, 2013, 6:59 a.m.)
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Media descriptions of the rebels vary. Those opposed to the Syrian government like Qatar’s Al Jazeera tend to play up the FSA, while those with the government like Hezbollah’s Al Manar emphasize the role of religious extremists. Western press often say the FSA is divided and competes with extremists.  (Sept. 5, 2013, 1:17 p.m.)
While the FSA has at times fought beside fighters in religious groups, the 2 have become increasingly opposed. The FSA has also split from official political opposition groups and been accused of brutality. All these factors have raised questions as to who will control Syria after fighting ends.
Sept. 5, 2013, 1:31 p.m.)
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Note 2: “Who are the extremist jihadists groups” will be posted very soon
Citations
  1. Officials: US Training Syrian Forces in Jordan
  2. Exclusive: U.S. secretly providing training for Syrian rebels
  3. Syria Rebels Say Hit Hard, or Not at All
  4. Syrian rebel army founder’s leg blown off by car bomb
  5. Institute for the Study of War
  6. Syrian rebel general grapples with disarray in his ranks
  7. الفضائية – مكتبة التقارير
  8. Elizabeth O’Bagy: On the Front Lines of Syria’s Civil War
  9. Institute for the Study of War
  10. Guide to the Syrian opposition
  11. Splits widen within Syrian opposition
  12. Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West
  13. In Syria debate, little mention of rebels — MSNBC
  14. Syrian rebels also fighting al Qaeda, other hard-liners for villagers’ hearts and minds
  15. Exclusive: Former Syria defense minister defects in break with Assad

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