Tuesday September 8, 2015
A rebel group with thousands of fighters, political clout and close ties to key regional powers has emerged as one of the most powerful opposition forces in Syria in recent months. It has vowed to fight the Islamic State and called for engagement with the West.A powerful force, ties to key regional powers, vows to fight both ISIS and Assad, calls for "engagement" with the West, and it even has a name straight out of Hill & Knowlton: the "Free Men of Syria." What's not to like? The New York Times presents it as a dream come true.
But despite a long struggle by the United States to find a viable opposition in Syria to counter President Bashar al-Assad and fight the Islamic State, the Obama administration has shown no interest in working with the group, Ahrar al-Sham, or the Free Men of Syria.