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Tough Times for the Free Syrian Army

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New York- A couple of notable videos came online today which I gleaned from the Syrian Youth Movement site. In the first, a German filmmaker snuck into Homs at great risk and links up with FSA rebels in Baba Amr. It aired on CNN this weekend. The second, a Zeina Kohdr segment from AJE reports from a village in northern Lebanon where FSA members have sought refuge. Since it will be a short while before I return to this Middle East, I figured I might as well post some interesting work by others.

One of the more interesting aspects for me in the two reports is how the geographically disparate rebel groupings can work toward a cohesive military goal other than the over simplified notion of ousting al-Assad. They face enormous obstacles without an internationalist intervention of some sort. If it weren’t for such action in Libya, that war would assuredly be dragging on. The obvious difference between the two scenarios is the Israel-Iran factor in relation to Syria. Intervening in Libya was much less complicated in that sense. Chad and Niger aren’t Israel.

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January 15th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Gains in Western Libya

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New York- I have become increasingly interested in the gradual opening up of large swaths of western Libya in the peaks and valleys of the Nafusa Mountains. Until recently, this Berber populated area was one of the more under reported parts of the war there. The rebels must be controlling a particular border crossing with Tunisia that I have been looking into as journalists have begun to trickle into the region. The rebels have been making some bit of progress toward Tripoli but there is still a long way to go. The Leader still controls the key Saharan towns of Ghadames and Sebha as well as obviously Tripoli itself and the coastal border with Tunisia. I’m toying with the idea of heading to Nalut, the main town of the Nafusa, which from some of the reports I’m seeing is fairly accessible from the border. Below is a report from Al Jazeera English:

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June 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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