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Syrian opposition’s response to the offensive in Aleppo

by Sophie Mangal

According to The Washington Post, the ‘moderate’ Syrian opposition is considering the possibility of closer cooperation with Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.  Bashar al-Assad’s opponents are now afraid to remain without the US support as the CIA began secretly shipping lethal aid to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad three years ago.

It is worth mentioning that the new president-elect of the USA has stressed he adheres to a completely opposite position on Syria.  Moreover, Trump has also noted that it is necessary to stop the supply of weapons to the Syrian opposition because the US has no understanding of what they (the opposition) really are.

Realizing the complexity of the situation and the fact that Syrian opposition’s war crimes would never be forgotten and forgiven, its leaders are beginning to look for alternatives.

First of all, the rebels’ agenda is to strike a close alliance with the better armed Al Qaeda and other extremist groups.  A massive outflow of the fighters from the ‘moderate’ opposition to groups such as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and ISIS is contributing to this.  As the opposition now openly joins radical Islamists, the world will finally get a chance to see its true face.

The opposition is also hoping to purchase powerful heavy weapons from the Sunni Arab states of the Persian Gulf.  Such weapons, the opposition hopes, would be able to turn the tide and to force the government troops to retreat, suffering heavy losses.

In addition, the rebels are also considering changing their war tactics.  They are now planning to use traditional guerrilla methods such as involving more snipers and carrying out subversive activities and sabotage.

The outcome of the Syrian Army operations for the liberation of Aleppo — and the outcome of the civil war in Syria in general — depends on  whether the opposition leaders are able to carry out at least one of the options above.

It is clear that the Syrian government should take into consideration all the possible scenarios and be prepared to conduct preventive measures as fully demoralized opposition could take only inadequate steps.  The Syrian Army is trying to accelerate the liberation of Aleppo, which may radically change the balance of power in the country as a whole.


Sophie Mangal is a freelance associated with Inside Syria Media Center.

 

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5 Comments

  1. To the ones behind all this misery and death, the REAL Axis of Evil, the USA/Israel/Saudi Arabia, it’s not about ‘winning,’ but extending this insanity as long as possible, years or even a decade or more, so the financial drain will implode Syria and her backers, Iran and Russia.

    Now the EU is offering Assad a huge bribe if he’ll let the thugs stay in power in parts of Syria.

    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950915001089

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  2. “the civil war in Syria”

    But Its not a civil war its an invasion

    There not “Rebels” there USA created Al-Qaeda, so presumably they will be joining themselves

    “The opposition is also hoping to purchase powerful heavy weapons”

    They dont buy weapons there given them and no there not opposition there terrorists, ask dear mr stevens

    Apart from that lts fair enough ……

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  3. bevin says

    Which is it to be then? Heavier weapons and bigger formations, or guerrilla tactics?
    After years of heavy handed mistreatment of the populace the possibility of ‘swimming in a sea’ of friendly people is defunct.
    As to heavier weapons and mass attacks that is the sort of thing air forces feed on.
    The only hope for the wahhabi militias (including their ‘secular’ auxiliaries) is for state allies with something more than money to offer.
    And those ‘allies’ must be beginning to consider where their proxies are going to go next-when Iraq and Syria are closed off. Perhaps they will go home to the Gulf states. Perhaps they will go to Mecca.

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