Syrian rebels decry Russian airstrikes: ‘we have not had Isis here in over a year’

Bunkered down in his base just north of Hama, Captain Mustafa of the Free Syria Army (FSA) is getting used to the Russian airstrikes. And he is growing just as accustomed to the assurances of his American backers: “We can have most of the weapons we want,” he says. “But nothing to shoot down the planes.”

More than a week since the Russian strikes began targeting them, and days after the US announced an end to its efforts to train forces to fight Isis, the original anti-Assad rebels of Syria’s north-west remain entrenched, though battered, in the towns and villages of their heartland.


Did they really think the Russians would leave them be?

  • Brett_McS

    Did they really think Obama would stand by them?

  • Alain

    And the difference between them and the rest is what again?

    • Norman_In_New_York

      They still fight more tenaciously than Assad’s regular forces.

    • pdxnag

      There must be some discernible dialect difference between one Allahu Akbar and another Allahu Akbar.

    • Solo712

      Whatever Abu al Arizoni says the difference is.

  • Oracle9

    In these days of short memories, it is useful to recall that for at least three years the rebels were the cause of untold casualties. It was a hellhole before ISIS, thanks to the Arab-spring-inspired rebels.