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WE MUST DIFFERENTIATE between (at least) three types of rebels in Syria.

1) Bands of War in Syria. A band is composed one leader AND the men following him. The leader shall provide guns to his warriors.

A band of war is not Army-like. We shall identify the most active and agressive gangs by: the face of their leader AND the logo of the band. One of the biggest gangs is that of Abu Issa.

Another one is that of Jamal Maarouf, AKA Abu Khalid. He's the face the Syria Martyrs Brigades, a coalition of various bands of war. I call this band The Shields, in reference to its logo.

2) The Free Syrian Army (FSA)

Colonel Riyadh al-Asaad and Brigadier General Mustafa al-Sheikh of the FSA
This is the shadow Army of the Assad Régime. The armed revolution began with the creation of the FSA.

The head of the Military Council in Idlib is Col. Afif Suleiman. Here we see him with one of his regiments, the "Northern Shield":

The Free Syrian Army is building the shadow State apparatus, the apparatus that could provide the structure of the new Syrian State, after the revolutionary war. This structure is not rigid yet, it is incipient, in process of formation. It is forming alliances with bands of warriors, by producing administrative units (Military Councils) that try to coordinate together gangs and the military elements that defected from the Assad regime.

Abu Issa of The Falcons, for instance, is part of the Idlib Military Council (FSA) headed by Suleiman. On the other hand, the band leader formed a coalition of his own. In September 12, a YouTube video appeared in which Abu Issa announces the birth of the Jabhat Tahrir Syria (the Syrian Liberation Front).

“We acknowledge the others, just as they acknowledge us," he said to Time magazine. "The military councils can be a part of it,” he said. Abu Issa's new Front regroups several formidable outfits, including the Farouk Brigades of Homs.

What is also interesting is that the Free Syrian Army appears to be in competition with other forces aiming to build the new state of Syria: the Syrian National Council [now rebooted into the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces], largely sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama regime, in... Istanbul.

The Muslim Brotherhood arm on the ground of Syria appears (I'm not sure yet) an al-Qaeda front, although it is being said that the Muslim Brotherhood is hedging their bets and backing a few FSA councils too.

c) Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda is the face of a leader AND a network of groups sharing the SAME network of media production and distribution.

When a band joins al-Qaeda, it becomes a Front (Jabhat), and carries the black flag of al-Qaeda media production and distribution al-Manara al-Baida (The White Minaret).

Logo of al Manara al Baida

The AQ Front in Idlib is al-Nusra (more about the group here). They announced their formation in Janurary 2011. (See al-Nusra's official statements here.)

Al-Qaeda sponsors a global jihad movement toward the caliphate. Its leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, called for the jihad to be waged in Syria via: "Onward, Oh Lions of al Sham" [al Sham= Syria]

"I appeal to every Muslim and every free, honorable one in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, to rise to help his brothers in SYRIA with all what he can, with his life, money, wonders, opinion, and information."

Al-nusrah is the main al-Qaeda Front in Idlib.

On 24 January 2012, al Nusrah claimed an attack against a military target in Syria (Idlib), near the Turkish border. Since then, writes the International Crisis Group in this document, al Nusra "regularly takes responsibility for suicide attacks in civilian neighbourhoods; is viewed by al-Qaeda as the favoured Salafi-jihadi group; and employs an online media dissemination strategy akin to that of al-Qaeda affiliates and offshoots" (p. 10). Al-Nusra's statements and videos are all issued by the White Minaret. And those videos are posted on Shamikh al islam.

Logo de Shamikh al islam

To this day, al Nusrah remains the sole active jihadi group in Syria to receive the direct endorsement of pro-al-Qaeda online forum administrators and prominent Salafi-jihadi figures, to have its propaganda material accredited by al Qaeda’s media distribution network and advertised on Shamikh al Islam, the leading pro-al-Qaeda forum. Most material on the Shamikh forum is produced by al Qaeda affiliates and bears the label of the al Fajr Media Centre, the online outfit responsible for distributing al Qaeda material.

24 posted on 12/07/2012 5:37:42 AM PST by Katechon
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To: Katechon

Thanks for the ping, it’s difficult to tell the players without a program.

25 posted on 12/07/2012 6:25:42 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Katechon

A target rich environment...

26 posted on 12/07/2012 6:47:09 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Katechon
Thanks for the ping and well documented analysis of the 'rebels' in Syria.

The 'Brotherhood' and its comprehensive ties to the 0bama administration demand scrutiny and a light shone upon it. Andrew McCarthy does this. His article Understanding the Brotherhood shows how the Saudis have bought off both political parties in the US.

29 posted on 12/07/2012 7:47:46 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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Katechon, thank you for the clarity you provide.

I posit DBA OBAMA is son of Al Hajj Malik Al Shabazz who converted and forecast unforeseen change: and now the Muslim invader is in the White House.

Hillary hosted Arafat most; her everpresent deputy Huma is maternally linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Benghazi operation was part of the Arab Spring, the US-CIA-NATO empowerment of the jihad under guise of popular democracy.

Has CFR advanced from Gates-Brzezinski's Iran: Time for a New Approach to a green bloc of the western Islamofascists contending with the Putin retro-Stalin mafiya black bloc and the Sino Strike Hard red bloc.

And to think Romney naively promised to find the rebels who reflected our values and support them.

The rebels who reflect our values are infidels, dead men walking.

There is no good to come of this.

Send in the neutron bombs.

33 posted on 12/07/2012 1:40:37 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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Way behind (again) and catching up ping.

Check out # 24 , - also Ann Coulter Link at # 31.

Thanks, Katechon. Interesting and informative.



44 posted on 12/09/2012 2:24:29 PM PST by LucyT
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Good stuff, thanks.

46 posted on 12/09/2012 4:23:23 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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