by Michael Yon
09 December 2013
The Syrian war is growing. Growing in size and complexity.
the more one learns about this conflict, the less accurate it becomes
to call it “The Syrian War.” Thousands of foreigners have flooded in.
Some are moving through southern Turkey today. Just this weekend
Jihadist hardliners seized yet another town on the Turkish border, ten
minutes drive from a Turkish town. Barbarians are at the gate, and the
gate is wide open.
words are written, foreigners are fighting inside and creating
international contacts that will transcend this place and time.
is being crowd sourced. Tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions
of dollars, are being raised from private sources. See, “Inside
Kuwait’s Kickstarter campaigns to fund Syrian Jihadists'.
Some of the young fighters I have spoken
with express fondness for al Qaeda in the sense that people flocked to
Che Guevara. They are mindlessly drawn to a picture and a caption
fond of the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, or the more
moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA), or one of countless obscure groups
whose names mean little to anyone other than people involved, or
The Christian who
made the photo above said that since March 2013, the Assad regime has
controlled the left side, while the FSA and ISIS (al Qaeda linked)
control the right. And so FSA and ISIS fight each other on the right,
and both fight the regime on the left. The war is a perfect mess.
veterans from about 2005 to 2007 may recall the many teenaged boys
recruited by al Qaeda. AQ would arm the boys, pay them a little,
provide a reason to be, and a mission from the skies. Many boys become
terrorists because they have nothing better to do. Terror groups become
their families and identities.
of teenaged al Qaeda fighters answered only to men who were willing to
kill them. In Syria, young men are growing up today in an environment
where they know only war...Continue reading...