How foreign backers marginalized nationalist forces in Syria

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November 23 · Issue #15 · View online
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Key developments

  • The Assad regime has rejected a UN initiative to end the bloodshed in Aleppo. The idea was to put East Aleppo under opposition-administration and conversely withdraw rebel fighters. There is no doubt that the regime will continue its devastating approach, accepting the complete destruction of East Aleppo for the benefit of a bizarre “victory”: ¼ of the Syrian population fled the country, ½ is internally displaced and the so called government is reliant on tens of thousands of foreign, often religiously motivated, fighters. These are poor preconditions for pacification.
  • The rebel offensive west of Aleppo has collapsed. Pro-government troops regained almost all of the seized territory, including the heavily contested 1070 Apartment complex.
  • Pro-Assad forces advanced in East Ghouta. The positions they took enable them to directly shell the town of Douma, Jaish al-Islam’s stronghold.
  • The Assad regime, boosted by its current “military success”, attacked the last rebel-held district of Homs city with heavy weapons. The truce that has been negotiated in the summer is crumbling and the regime does not seem to be interested in talks any more.
  • Bombing by Russia and the Syrian Air Force killed hundreds of civilians in the last two weeks. The attacks included purposeful strikes on hospitals and civilian infrastructure. 
Articles worth reading
China's Interests in Syria and the Middle East
Foreign Backers and the Marginalization of the Free Syrian Army
Meeting Bashar al-Assad
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