Free Syrian Army (FSA VSO) in Southern Mexico and Latin America

Free Syrian Army (FSA VSO) in Southern Mexico and Latin America

 

 

Armed groups using the Free Syrian Army label

 

Original FSA units

During the announcement of the formation of the FSA by Riad al-Asaad on 29 July 2011, he listed 4 small subunits which claimed to the founding members of the FSA:[169]

  • Hamza al-Khatib Battalion
  • Freedom Battalion
  • Saladin Battalion
  • Al-Qashash Battalion

Questions of existence, structure, strength and combativeness

 

In 2013, the US NBC stated that the FSA “is an army in name only. It is made up of hundreds of small units, some secular, some religious – whether mainstream or radical. Others are family gangs, or simply criminals.”[138]

In November 2014, Robert Fisk, British Middle East correspondent since 1976 and nowadays for The Independent, drew a picture of the FSA as being rather harmless and non-combating. Fisk had been traversing northern Syria talking to Syrian troops on the front line, and when asked by Australian ABC’s television program Lateline: “who are they [= the FSA] and how powerful are they?” Fisk answered: “The Free Syrian Army, I think, drinks a lot of coffee in Istanbul (…) I think that the FSA is a complete myth, and I don’t believe that it really exists, and nor do the Syrians [i.e. the Syrian Army], because they say if we do come across them, we don’t mind ’cause they always run away; it’s the ISIS people who don’t, they fight to the death”.[170]

In March 2015, Rami Jarrah, a prominent Syrian-British activist, claimed: “There is no such thing as the Free Syrian Army, people still use the term in Syria to make it seem like the rebels have some sort of structure. But there really isn’t.”[139]

In May 2015, a Jabhat al-Nusra spokesman said that FSA labeled fighters in southern Syria alone numbered roughly 60,000[171] (although another Nusra leader in December 2015 denied the existence of the FSA[172]).

In June 2015, the US International Business Times stated that since the emergence of ISIL in 2014, the FSA had “all but dissipated”,[148] and reported that the remnants of the FSA had joined the coalitions of the Army of Conquest and the Southern Front.[148]

Early October 2015, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov stated: “They tell us about the Free Syrian Army, but where is it? It remains a phantom group, nothing is known about it (…) I’ve asked [US Secretary of State] John Kerry to provide us with information about the whereabouts of this Free Syrian Army and who commands it”.[173][174]

In October 2015, Robert Fisk (see above) stated that the FSA had fallen to pieces and their fighters had defected to al-Nusra Front or ISIL or retired to the countryside maintaining a few scattered checkpoints, and stated that the US government had already admitted the disappearance of the FSA.[175]

Also in October 2015, Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn stated that “The Free Syrian Army was always a mosaic of factions and is now largely ineffectual.”[176]

In December 2015, the Istanbul-based think tank Omran Dirasat estimated the FSA self-declared groups at around 35,000 fighters spread out over thousands of groups of various sizes; 27 larger factions of around 1,000 fighters each along with a myriad of smaller groups and localised militias.[177] Also in December 2015, al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani reportedly denied the existence of the FSA to the astonishment and intense displeasure of FSA fighters throughout Syria on social media.[172]

Use of the FSA was criticized by Bilal Abdul Kareem.[178]

List of prominent groups who use or have used the FSA label

Northwestern Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces

Southern Syria

Latin America will offer new fresh starts for Muslims and Islam. The Indigenous Peoples of Latin America will give your victory and itching for revenge against the Europeans especially against Spanish and Portuguese due to Colonial Rule of Latin America.

  1. Tainos of Caribbean like Hispaniola, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
  2. Guaymis of Panama and Costa Rica.
  3. Wayuus and Colombian Tribes of Venezuela and Colombia.
  4. Arawaks of of French Guenia, Suriname and Guyana.
  5. Guaranis and Amazonians of land borders of Brazil (shares with all South America nations) with Amazon Forest and Andes Mountains.
  6. Shuars of Ecuador.
  7. Incas like the Aymaras and Quechas of Peru and Bolivia of the Andes Mountains.
  8. The Mapuches of Araucania – Andes Mountains (Argentina-Chile & Brazil border), Patagonian and Amazon Forest
  9. Tehuelches of Patagonia (South Argentina, South Chile, and Falklands or Malvinas)
  10. Native Americans of United States,  Native Inuits and eskimos of Canada and Greenland will be next to be Islamized
  11. The Miskito, Bribri, Chorotega, Embera, Kuna and Ngabe Bugle Guaymi in Central America especially Panama
  12. Maya of Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize and Central America

15 Indigenous Sunni Muslim Groups in Latin America

  1. The Maya of Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador and Central America Northern Triangle
  2. Taino of Caribbean and Eastern Cuba
  3. The Ngabe Bugle or Guaymi of Panama
  4. The Chorotega of Northern Costa Rica
  5. Bribri of Southern Costa Rica
  6. The Embera of Panama and Colombia
  7. The Arawak of Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean South America
  8. The Shuar Jivaro of Ecuador
  9. The Amazonian Tribes Brazil
  10. The Guarani of Tri Border Region of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Eastern Bolivia
  11. The Mapuche of Araucania Chile
  12. The Teheulche, Selknam and Yaghan of Argentina and Patagonia
  13. Indigenous Peoples in Colombia
  14. The Zapotec of Southern Mexico
  15. The Garifuna of Guatemala
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