Ninety-six (96) local, regional, and international organizations and entities (prime actors) have been identified as influential in the life of Syria. In the chart below, the left column ranks the prime actors from most influential in shaping the life in Syria (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
The chart also shows the classification of prime actors into five stances indicating the actor's support and contribution to inclusive nationalism for Syria, starting from the most committed (Core) to the least committed (Saboteur).
Amount of influence of Jaish al-Fatah in the life of Syria, and its commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of Jaish al-Fatah according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, Jaish al-Fatah ranked 39th most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying Russia according to its commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria (also indicated in the same row by the colored rectangle). Of the 25 prime actors who participated in the assessments, more agreed that Jaish al-Fatah falls under the category of 'Opportunistic'. A prime actor assessed as Opportunistic is seen as willing to build a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria, but only when it serves its own interests.
In response to the question, “How is Jaish al-Fatah important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"Jaish al-Fatah is not a faction; it's a headquarter for coordination. They are all Islamists. They have a role now in Idlib.” (233881)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“They are radical Islamists, Sunni, fighting for everything the regime took from them. They are closest to the Muslim Brotherhood. They have a large military wing. They are trying to be more moderate than Fath al-Sham or ISIL. They want Syria to be a moderate Islamist state. They only exist in a few regions, Idlib and south of Aleppo. They want Syria to be strong, but only as an Islamic state. They will enact laws to force fines on non-Muslims.” (221641)
“They are a coalition. Some say they are with the Free Syrian Army. Others say they are an instrument of Assad to repress the [opposition] coalition. No one wants them to come near them.” (220291)
“They are a coalition of many military factors. Much of the region (Idlib, Hama, the north) is under their control. They are a military force with many jihadists joining on a daily basis. Al-Nusra is the spinal cord of Jaish al-Fatah.” (223881)
Round 1 participants stated (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):
“They are a coalition receiving some external funding.” (216921)
“By working jointly, their member groups have been able to [attract] anti-tank missiles, light arms, and funding from nations like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who have allegedly selected "pet" fronts to fund due to [unique] slight ideological distinctions.” (216921)