How To Form a Rebel Battalion in Syria
Follow @azmatzahraFebruary 14, 2013, 1:40 pm ET
Reporting from Syria for the London Review of Books, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad breaks it down in “five easy lessons”:
Abdul-Ahad has made a career of reporting from the world’s most dangerous war zones. As a reporter for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, he has covered fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and most recently, Syria, where he was a correspondent for the FRONTLINE film The Battle for Syria.
Embedded with rebel fighters, his latest dispatch offers an up-close look into amplifying factions within the Syrian insurgency. It follows battalions and military councils feuding for power, weapons and money, as well as foreign support, which jihadi groups seem to have plenty of.
“Maybe we should all become jihadis,” one Syrian man laments to Abdul-Ahad about the lack of American assistance. “Maybe then we’ll get money and support.’
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