The Syrian opposition is considering to enter into closer cooperation with extremist groups, including connected with “al-Qaeda” (declared a terrorist organization and banned). It is reported by The Washington Post, citing officials of the rebels themselves, and regional experts.
The rebels also considering switching to the tactic of “guerrilla warfare”, including the creation of a sniper firing points and “small scale” attacks on the Syrian and the Russian goal. The opposition is also thinking on getting weapons from Sunni countries of the Persian Gulf, instead of the US.
According to The Washington Post, the reasons for possible changes in the structure of the opposition is the defeat of the rebels in the result of actions of the Russian and Syrian armies, and the victory of Donald trump in the presidential election in the United States.
“We are very upset. The U.S. refuses to supply weapons that we need, and they still think they can dictate terms. They promise support, and then watch as we sink,” said one of the commanders of the opposition in an interview with the newspaper.
According to estimates of the United States, the Syrian opposition has 50 thousand fighters that is now concentrated in the North-Western province of Idlib, in Aleppo and in small areas on the West and South of Syria. A U.S. official suggested that they are not going to take the position, because over the years, “their opposition to [Syrian President Bashar ] Assad is not extinguished”.