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anonymous asked:

could you refresh my memory on the syrian civil war and the belligerents?

There are four mainstream groups that are fighting in the civil war, and those are the Syrian Army which is controlled by Bashar (l.a); the Free Syrian Army, which consist of many subgroups, ranging from secular to religious groups; we then got DAESH (ISIS), which everyone knows about; then we have the Syrian Democratic Force, which is a late player in the Syrian war.

The main oppositions of the Syrian Army are the Rebel Groups and DAESH. The main opposition of the Free Syrian Army is the Syrian Army, DAESH and the SDF.
The main oppositions of the SDF are the Free Syrian Army (The Jihadist faction) and DAESH.

The main goal of the Free Syrian Army is to depose Bashar due to his tyranny and control of the nation, however, these groups are so multifaceted that it’s complex to understand what their common goal is, however, these rebel groups have Secular or Sunni Islamist interests. Some of the subgroups, including some Jihadist groups are mainly supported by the Americans, Turkey and the gulf states.

Bashar’s goal is to well… suppress the opposition, and they are supported by Iran, Russia and Hezbollah. 

Then you have DAESH whose aim is to create a global Sunni theocracy based on Wahhabism, and they are opposed by literally everyone.

The tertiary group is the Syrian Democratic Forces, and they’re a multi-ethnic and multi-religious faction that strive to create a secular and democratic Syria, they are, however, dominated in manpower by the Kurds. SDF is not necessarily for Bashar’s army, since the SDF is composed of former FSA elements and therefore share the same sentiments as the FSA, rather, they have a dream of creating a Democratic and Federal nation, as opposed to the Jihadist subgroup of the FSA, such as Fatah Al-Sham, who aim to impose a Sunni Islamic theocracy, while the moderate groups are indifferent to whether it should be Islamic or Secular.
SDF is currently aiming to take the de facto capital from DAESH, Al-Raqqa and are currently engaging them in Tabqa and has made considerate gains against them since the Battle at Kobane. SDF is supported by both America and Russia.