There’s a wider conflict brewing—and it is very much related to the marginalization of the Supreme Military Council.
Islamic Front, a coalition of some of the largest Islamist rebel factions in the Syrian civil war, have seized control over Bab al-Hawa. This large border crossing between Turkey and Syria’s Idlib Province has long been a main entry point for supplies to the insurgency.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which is led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, says only that it supports minority rights within a democratic Syria and that it is not in favor of autonomy for Syrian Kurds.
While the rebels in eastern Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Province have been making progress against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, the insurgency is problematic as internal splits and rivalries are pervasive.
Eastern Syria always was its own political universe, with a demographic and sectarian makeup very different from the west.
Israel could find itself engaged in some local conflicts with Islamic extremists along the border or in a limited conflict with Assad if he decides to retaliate the next time Israel attacks targets in Syria.
The Syrian war has attracted thousands of foreign volunteers who now fight on almost every front.
Different areas of Qamishli are controlled by either regular regime forces or a collection of rival militias, including the Syriacs’ own militia force, the Sutoro.
Many of Qamishli’s Christians no longer see a future in the country, torn apart by war, religious strife, and economic collapse.
During the current uprising, most of Syria’s Druze have kept to the Assad government’s side, like other religious minorities.
Abdulkader Al Dhon is a human rights activist from southern Syria. In the past two years, he has traveled all over Syria working with several international newspapers and human rights groups to shine a light on the violence in Syria and help researchers access rebel-held areas.
Qurabi, a pharmacist and union activist from Idleb, currently works as the president of the National Change Party, a small liberal organization that is active in Syria’s exile politics. Before 2011, he was best known as the head of the National Organization for Human Rights.
Between a regime eager to censor dissident opinions and a chaotic insurgency that is increasingly intertwined with militant Islamism and criminality, reporting on Syria is no easy job.
Raja al-Nasser is a leading member of the Democratic Arab Socialist Union, a leftist-nationalist opposition party that has long defended the Baath Party’s foreign policy, but also opposes the autocratic rule of Syria’s long-ruling Assad family.
In a statement broadcast on Al Jazeera, Islamist rebels have announced the creation of the Islamic Front, which gathers some of the largest factions in the Syrian civil war.
The double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed at least 23 people and throws yet more fuel on the smoldering political fires of Lebanon. But what is known about the group behind it?
Regardless of who is part of the the Greater Damascus Operations Room, an equally important question is: who is not involved?
On November 6, 2013, a statement was released by Syrian rebels declaring the creation of “the Greater Damascus Operations Room.”
The Arab Socialist Baath Party has ruled Syria since 1963 and continues to do so after the constitutional changes in spring 2012.
The Syrian war has been a disaster for the country’s Palestinian refugee population. The half-million Palestinians who have lived in the country since they were driven out by Israeli forces in 1948 were sharply divided over the 2011 revolution.