Round 3, July 2017. العربية
National Defense Forces
20 local, regional, and international organizations most influential in the life of Syria (prime actors) named and ranked the National Defense Forces according to its influence. In the chart below, the left column ranks prime actors, from most influential (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
More prime actors assess the National Defense Forces 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.
Round 3 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):
"Supplement the Syrian Army at about 40,000 strong. They are influential where the regime is. They have a bad reputation. Their members are mercenaries acting aggressively.” (233881)
Round 2 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):
“They are well equipped and trained. They operate in a paralegal world where the government can't.” (223911)
“Directly supported by Assad regime. Supplement Syrian Army. Sometimes thugs or whatever with carte blanche government support.” (221951)