March 27, 2013

The Moderate Syrian Rebels?

A guest post at Jihadology about Farouq Brigades Jamat al-Nusra and other Islamic groups in Syria.

If you see how Farouq presents the story to English language media, it would seem it’s a plain black and white case of local, moderate fighters clashing with rabid, fanatical global jihadists, purely because Farouq wants a moderate Syria. All fine and dandy, but the truth, as always, is much more complex.

You see, Farouq Brigades, “are a bunch of thieves,” as one of my sources described. Northern Farouq is notorious for its extensive smuggling businesses of diesel, cement, and even hashish. They carry out extortion on their checkpoints. They charge exorbitant taxes for goods passing through their checkpoints, and this greed is shared by their Homs-based colleagues, who, in the last week of December 2012, were busy taxing weapons to other rebels, instead of co-operating with them to fight the regime forces,

Me against my brother, my brother and I against our cousin, etc etc.

By Howie at 01:16 PM | Comments |