[Marxism] Fwd: The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 13 17:28:28 MDT 2014

Don't believe everything you read in the media: The moderate rebels of 
Syria are not finished. They have gained ground in different parts of 
the country and have broken publicly with both the al Qaeda affiliate 
operating there, as well as with the jihadists of the Islamic State. 
Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is showing new signs of 

The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly 
exaggerated. These groups -- whom I define as fighters who are not 
seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular 
decision after the war ends -- have recently gained ground in Idlib 
province in northwestern Syria, and have nearly surrounded the 
provincial capital. If the rebels are ever to demonstrate military 
capacity, it should be in Idlib, where the supply lines from Turkey are 
easily accessible.

Their advances over the past month also extend beyond Idlib. Notably, 
moderate armed groups repelled regime attacks in the vicinity of the 
town of Mourek, in west-central Hama province, and also advanced on the 
Hamidiyah airbase there. They even damaged aircraft at the airbase, with 
some reports claiming that they used surface-to-air missiles.


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