The Free Syrian Army is an army formed in 2011 to oppose the Syrian government during the civil war. It initial fighting force were predominantly members of defected Syrian Armed Forces personnel and volunteers. By December 2011, the FSA estimated it had attracted 15,000 to 25,000 defectors from the armed forces. By mid-2012 new factions were being declared at a rate of several per week, but the new “FSA brigades” had no connection with their commander in Turkey. In reality, what was emerging was a sprawling leaderless resistance of local fighters. By 2013 the image of the core FSA was comprised of army defectors (ex-Baathists), non-ideological fighters, and more moderate Islamists. The FSA label is increasingly being used to denote those factions that receive Gulf/Western support and are open to collaboration with the USA and other Western nations. Aaron Zelin comments: "The second half of 2012 saw the radicalization of the Syrian…
Free Syrian Army (FSA)
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