Round 3, July 2017.                                                                                                     العربية


Free Syrian Army


Amount of influence in the life of Syria

20 local, regional, and international organizations most influential in the life of Syria (prime actors) named and ranked the Free Syrian Army according to their influence. In the chart below, the left column ranks prime actors, from most influential (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).

Commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria

More prime actors assess the Free Syrian Army as "Core" than any other category. A prime actor assessed as Core is seen as wholly committed to inclusive nationalism for Syria. This is the mission of the organization.

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Peer assessment of the Free Syrian Army's importance in the life of Syria

Round 3 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):

   "It's declining every day. It is a collection of smaller organizations. Some may spin off later and keep fighting. They are the target of the regime, Russia, and Iran. The United States has failed to keep them armed and trained.” (239312)

    "They are the major armed opponent of the regime on the ground. They are seen as a group other countries can work with.” (236592)

    "They are an armed group. They are the moderates we can talk to. They are non-ideological. They are the ones who can integrate into a national army.” (233911)

    "The FSA is not like it used to be, even in 2013. They get support, and can stand up to any faction, including IS and al-Nusra. The FSA is supported by Turkey and most active in the north (the Euphrates Shield).” (233881)

    "They are made up of people adopted by the government, then left it. That means they are people of good reputation. They are candidates for the next government.” (231211)

    "Most trusted military group in the opposition. Not tied to Islamists.” (238631)

Round 2 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):

   "Oldest of all rebel groups. They are a loose umbrella, which allows for easy affiliation. 100s, maybe 1000s of groups affiliate. They get support from US through the CIA because they are seen as moderate. They can… stop Assad tanks with US support. (221951)

   "In the beginning they were Syrian officers who left the government, but most have joined Islamist groups now. Many are unemployed now. (221641)

   "They were not made from the outside. Al Qaida was. They were made up of people who refused to stay with the Assad government. (221211)

   "They are made up of people adopted by the government, then left it. That means they are people of good reputation. They are candidates for the next government. (221211)

   "They are not influential at all. In the recent attacks on Aleppo the Free Syrian Army was barely represented. (221641)

   "There is only a leftover force since they started. They fragmented into smaller groups. They still have influence and are supported by the United States and other allies. They can never be opposition. Once the problem is resolved they will be part of the Syrian Army. (223911)

Round 1 statements (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):

   "The Free Syrian Army [and Jabhat Al Nusra] are filled with outside money and seasoned terrorists. (217701)

   "Can coordinate with Jabhat Al Nusra (216921)

   "90% of the opposition is extreme hardened, outside terrorists. They force the other 10% to commit atrocities for their own protection. (217701)