Middle East Security Project

The Free Syrian Army

The opposition movement in Syria has been fragmented from its inception, a direct reflection of Syria’s social complexity and the decentralized grassroots origin of the uprising. This condition has plagued Syria’s armed opposition since peaceful protestors took up arms and began forming rebel groups under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the summer of 2011.

NPR: Syrian Rebels Aren't Able To Fill Government's Role As They Take Cities

National Public Radio: All Things Considered
Date Published: 
2013-03-14 00:00:00

Audie Cornish talks to Elizabeth O'Bagy from the Institute for the Study of War about her recent visit to rebel groups in Syria and the political and military landscape of the opposition in Syria.