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Aron Lund


Who Is Laying Siege to Whom in Aleppo

On 6 August 2016, in the span of just twenty-four hours, the city of Aleppo went from being under government siege to being under rebel siege, or perhaps a double siege—there was much confusion in the media.  Those who do not follow the Syrian conflict as obsessively as, perhaps, many readers of this site [i.e, the Syria in Crisis blog] would be excused for not understanding what happened. How could the situation be so dramatically transformed in such as short time, ...

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The Death of Abdelqader Saleh

A spokesperson for the Syrian rebels’ Supreme Military Command just confirmed to me that Abdelqader Saleh, the military leader of the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo, is dead. Saleh was one of the commanders hit in an airstrike a few days ago, or more likely a series of strikes. Three of the Tawhid Brigade’s “division commanders” (s. qa’id firqa) were reportedly killed at the same time, and the political leader Abdelaziz Salame was injured. Salame then appeared ...

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New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

[Logo of the Haqq Battalions Gathering. Image from]

The Haqq Battalions Gathering, a militant group in the Hama province,announced in mid-April 2013 that they are joining the Syrian Islamic Front(SIF). This is the first time since the SIF’s creation in December 2012 that an independent outside organization of any consequence decides to join the front. Previously, some small local factions had been co-opted into SIF member factions, but the Haqq Battalions are joining as full members. The Syrian Islamic ...

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