Fractured and Criticized Syrian Opposition Attempts to Reorganize

Friday, November 09, 2012

Syrian rebels stand on pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they take position in the northern city of Aleppo on August 3, 2012. (Getty)

Syrian opposition leaders have been meeting this week to tap new leadership after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pronounced the Syrian National Council a failure last month. To win foreign confidence and aid, the opposition is trying to expand and reorganize its ranks.

Meanwhile, the rebels are losing support from the public. As the violence drags on, accusations of sloppy execution of their missions, senseless destruction, criminality, brutality, and extremism are mounting against the rebels.

Syrian President Assad described the conflict as "terrorism through proxies" — referring to foreign support of the rebellion against his regime. In an interview with Russia Today, he also insisted yet again that he won't step down. “I'm not puppet," he said. "I'm Syrian. I was made in Syria, I have to live and die in Syria.”

Twenty months into what is now a civil war, 40,000 people are dead, and overnight more than 5,000 Syrians crossed in to Turkey fleeing violence.  Amr Al-Azm, member of the Syrian opposition and a professor at Shawnee State University, explains what's at stake for the opposition at this juncture.


Amr Al-Azm

Produced by:

Rupert Allman and Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y,

I know it is a serious matter, but because The Takeaway reviewed "Lincoln and the Bond movie, I can't help thinking that a new secret agent named Lincoln needs to be sent to The Middle East to make "Mission Impossibles"

Nov. 09 2012 02:06 PM

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