Wednesday 24 May 2017

Time to admit there's no longer moderate alternative to Assad

A rebel fighter shoulders his weapons on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab. Photo: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
A rebel fighter shoulders his weapons on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab. Photo: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
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As the Syrian Islamist rebel groups continue to disintegrate due to infighting within their strongholds in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates, the al-Qa'ida-linked group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham has been pursuing since Tuesday its offensive against fellow Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham.

The Free Syrian Army at this point is either ineffective or just "a mosaic of factions", as Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn said of it in October 2015.

It is only useful as an ally to these much larger Islamist groups as a receiver of US aid in the form of TOW (anti-tank) missiles.

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