Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Syria Update ( August 13 , 2014 ) - Iraq has sucked the media attention away from Syria , here are some items from the battlefield to consider - Last ‘Moderate’ Rebel Area in Northern Syria Poised to Fall FSA Losing Ground to Both Military, Islamists

Last ‘Moderate’ Rebel Area in Northern Syria Poised to Fall

FSA Losing Ground to Both Military, Islamists

by Jason Ditz, August 12, 2014
Long the US-backed “moderate” rebel umbrella for the Syrian Civil War, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) became operationally irrelevant long ago, as the US tried to find factions among the Islamist rebels they could spin as palatable. The FSA has remained bankrolled by the US, for all the good it’s done.
Now, the FSA is reporting that literally their last urban territorial possession is on the verge of falling, which would leave them only with a handful of rural areas along the Jordan border.
That urban territory, three miles wide in the northern city of Aleppo, is under regular aerial attack from the Syrian military, and ground troops are also nearing the only supply lines into pro-rebel Turkey.
The Syrian military has proven quite effective against the FSA, but is only part of the problem, as most of the FSA’s losses have come not to Assad forces, but to the various Islamist rebels. This last possession is on the fringe of ISIS territory, and is also within the area Jabhat al-Nusra is claiming for its own “emirate.” Even if the FSA manages to repel the Syrian military, they likely won’t hold against either Islamist faction.

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CAPTION: moving west? IS captures strategic towns, opens gateway to western -

ROUNDUP (1/2): captures key towns, push in , cut off supply lines -

ROUNDUP (2/2): district holds out against joint , attack, shelled, siege tightens -

Aleppo's Christians accuse West of abandonment - 's piece summarises the mood among Christians right now

Some neighborhoods in have gone without electricity for more than a year -

Power outages add to Aleppo’s suffering

: damaged regime military vehicles seen at 17th division base captured by near ,

“The Christians of Aleppo will not stay if the regime loses control of the city" -

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Fall of Syria's largest rebel-held city could bolster the ranks of Islamic State militants

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