Coming under increased scrutiny, rebels prove no less fractious than the traditional political opposition. Much of their fractiousness, however, can be traced back to continued dabbling by said opposition, as well as the shifting demands and whims of external sponsors. Still, and so many reporters embedded with them have reported, the rebels’ daily experiences with death and suffering make them far more reliable as partners, especially when they work in cooperation with local political activists.
Rania Abouzeid offers another great article on rebel groups in Syria. With this report, yesterday’s diagram by the Turkish newspaper Hurrieyt, the New Republic article on rebel groups, the study on armed opposition prepared by Joseph Holliday of the Institute for the Study of war, and my recent report and op-ed, a good and accurate picture of rebel groups is finally emerging.
Shelling leaves many children dead in Ma’arrat Al-Nouman, Idlib Province http://youtu.be/lfHeK0iJYjw
MIGs continue to pound the suburbs of Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus Province: Hamouriyeh http://youtu.be/1AvX77CjehU Pulling the dead from under the rubble http://youtu.be/NeL2H6cidso Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/0DXpODoI76Q , http://youtu.be/avwawbqV3v4 , http://youtu.be/OYYC1MU_aTM Saqba http://youtu.be/F5KxHYXM39M The nearby neighborhood of Al-Qadam inside Damascus City is also targeted http://youtu.be/U8hUBAihkwY
A video showing Kurdish fighters training to defend Kurdish-majority towns in Syria, to which they refer as Western Kurdistan http://youtu.be/LKU79Uuegys