As for now, we, this week, witnessed the origins of two new coalitions / alliances in the Syrian insurgency. The first one, the Islamic Coalition (التحالف الإسلامي), already got crippled quite a bit by Jabhat an-Nusra. Only a few days after a Jabhat an-Nusra official from Aleppo was the first to sign the statement, Jabhat an-Nusra officially replied via it’s official twitter-account (see previous post). And thus it seemed the new coalition was just a mere memorandum of understanding. Nonetheless, this little media set-up will prove to be another major setback for the secular SNC and FSA.
And then, today September 29, we see yet another merger. At least 43 (50?) group leaders of all kinds of battalions in the resistance joined for a mass meeting in which they pledged allegiance to al-Jaysh al-Islāmī (الجيش الإسلامي). This new coalition has some overlap with the former alliance mentioned but it basically is just another initiative. The leader of this new group clearly states that Islam and democracy just do not combine. Both of these statements / alliances have one thing in common; the SNC (referred to as the five star hotel revolutionaries by some) has overplayed it’s hand. The revolution, once claimed by the so called secular opposition, clearly turned Islamic.
And, here we go again … Before I even finished the original post, the situation changes again as Harakat Ahrār al-Islāmiyya and two other groups leave the newborn (you may call it premature) alliance (check this)
But still, here is how the day started …
Video and some photos: