Violent splits among rebels grow in Syria

Violent splits among rebels grow in Syria
Mon Jul 8, 2013 17:31:50

Recent clashes raged between rival factions who are fighting against the government in Syria highlight failed attempts for forming an umbrella group to represent the opposition.

Syria’s rebellion has been divided across several different factions for quite some time. The divisions are still growing, and it is hard to imagine the opposition ever coming to any sort of real agreement.

As analysts say the opposition can’t afford to lose support of the extremist groups fighting against the government in Syria while they can’t gain international support either as long as they are engaged in an extremist battle which has shown ugly faces of hatred with no respect for human life.

The so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) reflects both the ambitions of the US and its utter failures, as the group continues to struggle with leadership battles and with little support among the fighters on the ground, news analyst Jason Ditz wrote in an article for Antiwar.

“The group finally agreed to another president, Ahmed Assi al-Jarba, but the compromise choice and the time it took to reach that decision just underscores the SNC’s weak position”.

The analyst believed the situation is getting worse, as the coup in Egypt has more and more of the rebels opposed to the idea of democracy on general principle, having learned the lesson that force of arms trumps voter support.

“The SNC isn’t exactly a straightforward pro-democracy group, but as it courts support from Western nations it must at least give that appearance, and certainly can’t endorse rebel fighters who see military conquest as the safest route to rule, and as a result they will continue to struggle to get even nominal support from those factions, which are the most influential on the ground”.

Syria crisis started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government boosts its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent about warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.


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