Just as Russia seems keen on a Syrian democracy which does not automatically exclude Assad the activist fighters appear to be in disarray

The following information is culled from research published by the Turkish ‘Hürriyet Daily News’ in an article by İPEK YEZDANİ last weekend.

(See their expansive webpage at
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/images/Documents/F199BC38846F4E72B083A4222B568E7F.pdf )

She writes, “According to SNC officials, there were between 70,000 and 100,000 rebels fighting against the Syrian regime in Syria.”

(note: al-Qaeda’s Tariq al-Fahdli in South Yemen has just negotiated 5,000 more with the US/Saudi powers, reported to be “a regional deal for the transfer of al-Qaeda fighters from Yemeni territory to Turkey to the Syrian front, which explains the sudden withdrawal of gunmen from Abyan.”)

There are more than 30 opposition groups fighting in Syria – of whom only 15 could be formally identified by Hürriyet Daily News – the most prominent being the Turkey-based Free Syrian Army (FSA).

“Rebels fighting against the al-Assad regime are fragmented between jihadists, pro al-Qaeda and secular groups that are not always under the control of the FSA.”

Representatives of the SNC told her that we should not speak in terms of a chain of command amongst these groups that could follow orders from the regional FSA leader, Abduljabbar Agadi.

“Some groups such as the al-Tavhid and al-Fatah brigades consider themselves part of the FSA, however mostly they don’t listen to the orders of the regional leaders of the FSA.”

“Semir Nashar (SNC executive member) has met one rebel from Jabhat al-Nusra which is al-Qaeda in Syria, another one from the al-Fatah Brigade and another one from the al-Tawhid Brigade in an effort to unite them.”

The writer of this well-researched article concludes “The Jihadists, Islamists, pro al-Qaeda and secular groups that are not under the control of the FSA and which are fighting in different areas of Syria against the regime forces prove how fragmented and disorganized the Syrian rebel groups have been in Syria.”

This is not the Sunni-Shia struggle that a major power wanted and an Ambassador worked publicly to promote. It is not susceptible to purely demographic division. There are even some Alawis (Alevis) who are with the fighter rebels and yet plenty of Sunnis prefer the Assad regime over foreign interference. Here is the HDN notated list:

The Revolutionary Council fight in Deir ez-Zor.

The Brigade of al-Qaka fight in Deir ez-Zor.

Tawafiq A small group of rebels of secular ideology, numbering around 50 and fighting in the North-East district of Aleppo.

Al-Fatah Brigade (FSA) are Islamiststhough not as radical asal-Qaeda’. They fightin Aleppo, and they accept everyone, even people who worked with the Syrian regime.

Fajrul Islam are an Islamist group based in Aleppo but they organize attacks in other big cities also.

Ahra al-Sham are Islamists but not as radical as ‘al-Qaeda’.

Brigades of al-Sahaba are mostly rebels from the countryside around Damascus, fighting mainly in the outskirts of the city. They number between 2,000 and 3,000.

Bedouins who fight against the regime in Daraa.

Al-Faruq Brigade includes mostly Sunnis, but there are also Christians and a small number of Alevis (Alawis) who fight with them. They fight in Homs. They number between 7,000 and 10,000.

Free Syrian Army (the best-connected with the SNC) are the better-known and most prominent opposition force in Syria, and their main base is listed on their website as the southern Turkish city of Hatay. Most of the high-ranking defector soldiers fight under the auspices of the FSA. They fight mainly in Idlib, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Dara and Aleppo. The biggest brigade of the FSA is based in Idlib with around 20,000 rebel fighters.

Libyan, Chechen, Afghan jihadists who mostly fight on the front in the Seyf al-Dawla district of Aleppo but also organize attacks in Idlib, Homs and Damascus.

Jabhat al-Nusra are the Syrian arm of the radical Islamist al-Qaeda group. They have the same ideology as ‘al-Qaeda’, but do not use that name. They fight mainly in Aleppo and also organize big attacks in Idlib and Damascus.

Al-Tawhid Brigade (FSA) are Islamist, but not as radical as al-Qaeda. They operate in the countryside of Aleppo and they fight both in Aleppo and Idlib. They accept people they know but they don’t accept high-ranking defector soldiers.

Turkmens’ Brigades of the FSA are the Turkmen rebels fighting in Azaz and Aleppo who have been given the names of the former Ottoman Empire sultans Fatih Sultan Mehmed and Sultan Abdülhamid.

PYD These are the Syrian arm of theoutlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK). They have the control of some Kurdish regions such as Afrin,
al-Qamishli and al-Malikiyah in Syria.

(note: the PKK are currently being courted by powers wishing to use their valued organization to cause trouble for other powers.)

Note: The above posting is also an update on the webpage Watch Out World! Pt. 3 on the website http://nostradamundus.wordpress.com

(Also see the final paragraph of the Article  MOST FORTUNATE OF THE FORTUNATE STATES )


~ by nigelraymondofford on September 6, 2012.

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