The Century Foundation: “Syria’s Former al-Qaeda Affiliate Is Leading Rebels on a Suicide Mission”

New from me for The Century Foundation:

Syria’s former al-Qaeda affiliate and a set of hardline allies have taken over the country’s rebel-held northwest, the last bastion of determined opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. They’re apparently convinced they can reverse the rebellion’s downward trajectory and kneecap “defeatists” within the opposition who might settle for anything less than toppling the regime. And they think they can rebalance the opposition’s lopsided relationships with its foreign backers, forcing countries like Turkey and the United States to engage them on their terms.

They’re wrong. And by hijacking Syria’s armed opposition and placing its core under unambiguous jihadist control, they’ve likely sealed its fate.

“Syria’s Former al-Qaeda Affiliate Is Leading Rebels on a Suicide Mission”

 

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One Response to The Century Foundation: “Syria’s Former al-Qaeda Affiliate Is Leading Rebels on a Suicide Mission”

  1. RS says:

    HTS is rejectionism applied to the Syrian revolution. No compromise, no alliances with foreign states at a time when the rebels are being forced to make greater and greater compromises by an increasingly unfavorably military balance of power is, as you say, suicide. The danger Idlib rebels face is that HTS wipes out all factions who disagree with their rejectionism and then Turkey, Assad, Iran, and Russia unite and wipe out HTS entirely and partition Idlib between them. Then the only thing left of the revolution will be the Turkish safe zone in the north and a shrinking slice of Daraa and Quenitra in the south.

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