Syria’s Enemies Are No Longer Hidden, Internal Or External

  It’s safe to say that Syria’s revolution has seen setbacks on the battlefield of late. A promising opposition offensive into Aleppo in August ended with the regime’s siege of the city of several hundred thousand being broken by opposition fighters, alongside the seasoned fighters of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. The offensive was stunning, smashing through […]

The Obama Administration Prepares To Strike The Syrian Opposition?

Secretary Kerry shared several of his thoughts on his administration’s (ostensible) plans for peace in Syria late last month. Speaking in Aspen, Kerry claimed it was crucial to “reach an understanding” with the Russian government. This “understanding” would include the USAF joining the Russian Air Force in bombing the al-Nusra Front. In exchange, President Putin […]

The Chameleons of Rojava

The recent exploitation of the collapse of the rebel front line in Aleppo by the PYD’s armed wing (YPG) and its allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces took some observers by surprise. Having been praised by many (including Syrian revolution supporters) for determined resistance to the Da’esh juggernaut, the YPG became a pariah almost overnight for attacking […]

No, Syria’s Rebels Do Not Sympathise With Da’esh

The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics recently published a report in which it claimed that 60% of anti-regime fighters in Syria sympathise with Da’esh. The report claimed that 15 militias (containing 65,000 fighters) would “fill the gap” if the Assad regime was toppled, many of them being “sympathetic” to Da’esh as extremist views are “common among Syrian […]

List of Shabiha and Allied Militants Posing as Refugees in Europe

Note: This list is constantly being added to and updated; so far I have only categorised a fraction of the shabiha in Europe. During the refugee crisis, we have heard many baseless scare-stories about Da’esh members supposedly infiltrating Europe under the guise of refugees. Some were outright lies (one originated from the made-up figures of an […]