BBC News are reporting today that the US have said Russia is not targeting IS held territory and is attacking ‘moderate groups’.
The ‘moderate groups’ narrative has been used for some time now, if it ever was true and I’m sure it was early on, they are now the minority regarding Assad’s opposition and have been for some time.
As well as IS, fundamentalist Islamic groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the coalition Jaish al Fatah (Army of Conquest) which JAN is a part of have proven to be far and away the most effective fighting forces among the opposition. They are well trained, well equipped and well funded.
It has been reported previously of moderate groups switching sides or morphing into different groups such as the following links from 2013 and 2014.
- New York Times article (09 Nov 2014) – U.S. pins hope on Syrian rebels with loyalties all over the map:
- The Independent article (24 Nov 2014) – Syria crisis: US air strikes driving Syrian rebels and civilians into arms of Isis:
If the main stream media is to continue this narrative then it would be right to clarify exactly who the current moderate groups are by naming each group individually and exactly what meets the criteria of being labelled moderate.
This would help make clear to the public of which, if any, group switches allegiance and where policies may need adjusting as and when required.