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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 07:38 PM

Syrian Rebels- They Aren't All Al Qaeda. Noticing Rightwing Sites Claiming This [View all]

and unfortunately some DU'ers are as well.

Who are the Syrian Rebels? Here's the info I found. Will stand corrected if this is wrong:

Free Syrian Arm- 50,000 fighters, a self-declared non-sectarian group of early army defectors. Remains the largest opposition group in the country.

Syrian Liberation Front- 37,000 fighters operating in southeast. Islamist ideology

Syrian Islamic Front- 13,000 fighters, operate in northeast. Islamist ideology

Jabhat al-Nusra- 5000 fighters originally, comprised of Iraqi insurgents & allied to Al Qaeda in Iraq. They are well organized. Many Free Syrian army fighters are apparently defecting to this group.

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"The lack of organizational structure both within the Free Syrian Army and between rival groups has allowed human rights abuses, such as the recent confirmation of rebel commander Khaled al-Hamad eating a dead man's heart, as well as many other alleged abuses, to become common and go unpunished.

This gives Assad an advantage in the propaganda war, in which he portrays all rebels as thugs and terrorists. As well as undermining their support on the international stage, this mobilises Assad's Alawite base and allows his ruthless crackdown to continue with impunity."

http://www.policymic.com/articles/42317/who-are-the-syrian-rebels-a-basic-intelligence-briefing-on-the-assad-resistance

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