- The Washington Institute article (07 Oct 2015) – Syria’s Kurds Are Contemplating an Aleppo Alliance with Assad and Russia:
Interesting article by The Washington Institute and helps provide a little context on who is battling who in Aleppo at the moment.
It also mentions the other fundamentalist groups of Jabhat al-Nusrah and Ahrar al-Sham that may well be targeted by Russian forces.
Quote: “Therefore, one of the priorities for ongoing Russian airstrikes will likely be to support Assad’s forces in relieving this base by directly hitting Daesh forces. This would also help justify the intervention as a whole, which Moscow has publicly depicted as a counterterrorism campaign targeting ISIS. Yet Putin may go further in the Aleppo area, striking Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, the two pillars of Jaish al-Fatah, which are backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.”
It’s possible that Russia has attacked Jabhat al-Nusrah already as highlighted previously on The WIDER View due to its close proximity to the Syrian Army and Russian controlled areas.
Jabhat al Nusrah and Ahrar al-Sham are both Islamic fundamentalist militant groups of similar ilk to IS and both apparently supported indirectly by our partners through the umbrella of Jaish al-Fateh (The Army of Conquest).
These groups require just as much focus by the main stream media as IS, but this is not happening. The narrative currently airing by main stream media fails to represent the true reality of groups operating in Syria.
IS, Assad, FSA or moderate rebels are the descriptions overwhelmingly used to describe the different fighting forces, this is clearly deceiving at best.
Jabhat al-Nusrah is al-Qaeda’s arm in Syria, see below for more info on Ahrar al-Sham.