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.
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.
The Syrian war has attracted thousands of foreign volunteers who now fight on almost every front.
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 question of the extent and duration of Turkish support for jihadist factions opposing the Syrian regime has been a sensitive issue for some time.
Swedish authorities have opened an investigation into the activities of Haitham Rahma, a Swedish citizen born in Homs.
The presence of Jordanians, and Palestinians from Jordan, as foreign fighters in the Syrian jihadi factions is another factor linking Jordan to the war in Syria.
Deraa, the cradle of the Syrian uprising, has become the main point of entry for direct U.S. support to the Syrian insurgency.
The battle for al-Yarubiya, a border crossing point along the Syrian-Iraqi border, is an extension of the broader regional battle for control of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon by jihadists.
In a statement, a group of nineteen Syrian rebel factions jointly condemned the planned Geneva II conference as an “episode in the chain of conspiracies” against their revolution.
In the wake of stern warnings of greater unilateralism from Saudi officials and commentators, many observers have been left wondering about the future course of Saudi strategy in Syria.
The city of Douma has long been a stronghold of the insurgency, and several armed factions are active in the area, many of them with an Islamist bent.