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Old 14-10-2019, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by wedgetail View Post


The opposition to the Assad regime has been largely Sunni extremist from the start. Democratic forces in Syria have never been anything but minor players. This is the dirtiest war in my lifetime as there is no significant "good" side apart from the Kurds.
This is just totally false. The biggest force by far at the start was the FSA. They were anything but Sunni extremists. Read the declaration which they stood on which I linked to earlier.

There has been lots of this ignorant information put out, including, sadly, by Corbyn and McDonnell.

The FSA were crushed by Assad, who not only initially left ISIS alone but actually released jihadists from his jails. He did this so he could paint the opposition as all jihadist extremists while he turned all his guns on the FSA. Even that didnít work as the Syrian army was totally depleted (and still is today). It took a huge intervention from Russiaís airforce, and Iranian and Hezbollah militias to turn it around.

They are now a shadow of their former self and a Turkish proxy. Who knows what would have happened if the YPG had aligned themselves with the FSA and not Assad. It proved to be at a terrible cost to them both.
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