Tag Archives: Ahrar al-Sham

Revolutionary War 2014 Round Up: Dynamic Stalemate as Fronts and Sides Multiply

31 Dec

Every year since the revolution began has been the most painful and difficult year for the Syrian people.

2014 was no exception.

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The Moderate Rebels: A Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups

21 Oct

(UPDATE May 10: 2015: Hasan Mustafa has the most up to date version of this list and there have been some significant changes. Please visit his blog by clicking here.)

Shortly after U.S. president Obama declared war on the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/IS), a bogus claim by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) about a non-aggression pact between ISIS and an unnamed unit of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) went viral largely due to ignorance about which moderate rebels the U.S. and its “Friends of Syria” allies are supporting. This guest post by Hasan Mustafa (@hasanmustafas) is an attempt to cure that ignorance and make future pseudo-scandals less likely by detailing who the U.S.-backed moderate rebels are using open-source information. Continue reading

A U.S. War on Jabhat al-Nusra: Just What Baghdadi Ordered

30 Sep

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The same day the U.S. and an internally contradictory ‘grand coalition’ correctly and justly launched airstrikes on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) Syrian safe haven in Syria, the U.S. launched another war, a unilateral war, on Syria’s Al-Qaeda branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, in separate but simultaneous attacks in Idlib and Aleppo governates. Continue reading

Contradictions of the Post-Revolution Assad Regime in Syria’s Protracted Anti-Fascist War

1 Aug

The Leviathan built by Hafez al-Assad, a fascist state stretching from Daraa in the west of Syria to Deir Ezzor in the east, has been shattered irrevocably by the popular upsurge of the March 15 revolution. Born as a peaceful protest movement for dignity and political reform, the Syrian uprising painfully and organically developed into a revolutionary war to liberate the country from the misrule of Bashar al-Assad’s fascist clique and dismantle his regime’s barbaric institutions.

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Islamists, Salafists, and Jihadists: Friends or Foes of the Revolution?

7 Jan

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How should supporters of the democratic revolution understand the Islamist trends that have emerged as part and parcel of the Arab Spring upheavals?

Are they friends of the revolution or enemies of the people?

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Full English Text of the Islamic Front’s Founding Declaration

29 Nov

[On November 22, 2013, Suqour al-Sham, the Army of Islam, Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya, Ansar al-Sham, al-Haq Brigade, Liwa al-Tawhid, and the Kurdish Islamic Front united to form the Islamic Front, the largest and most cohesive coalition of armed opposition forces in Syria. Below is their founding document which is published here for the first in English not out of political agreement but out of solidarity with the struggle to bring down the worst tyrant to walk the face of the Earth since Adolf Hitler. Translation by Basel Watfa.] Continue reading