Suppression of Non-Violent Uprising
|Anti-Assad non-violent protest|
Censorship and Propaganda
Military Offensive: Deception,Diversion, Division
The worst indictment of Al-Assad government comes from the reports that the regime released Islamist militants from Sednaya prison in March 2011 who would had nothing to do with the uprising but would later go on to join Al-Qaeda affiliate or form the ISIS. ISIS opened the third front of battle against Free Syrian Army. This changed the course of the violence completely. While Syrian forces launched ground and air attacks against FSA and moderate Islamists, they were lot more charitable towards the ISIS. A lot of people believe that the Syrian regime is in cahoots with the ISIS but I beg to differ. It seems unlikely that fighters from other countries including western countries like Great Britain and Belgium would want to take part in this kind of violence for money or positions that Al-Assad can offer. Members of such extremist militant fraternity must be self-motivated with a strong sense of belief of them fighting for some lofty ideals and goal. If the Syrian regime cut them slack it is because Al-Assad knew that this new organization would substantiate its previous allegation of conflict being of sectarian nature. As far as threat to the regime was concerned, it was much lower than from other rebel groups.
The FSA and allies facing overwhelming force from both Syrian forces and ISIS conceded ground leading the terrorist to acquire advanced weaponry,armoured vehicles and other resources provided to FSA by the US. To further fan sectarian sentiment, Al-Assad (adhering to Alawite sect of Shia Islam), the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, forces from Iran and the Shabiha intervened on behalf of Syrian government. This allowed the terrorist group to expand its base into Iraq, in an environment in which of Al-Maliki government's persecution of Sunnis had already created a lot of dissent. ISIS overran a large part of Iraq taking over key oilfields and power plants becoming the richest terrorist group with asset over US$2 billion. Besides, ISIS command structure has been said to be very efficient. Shortly, defectors from other Islamist groups as well as new recruits joined up making it an immediate threat to neighbouring nation-states.