14:15 - 20. januar 2014

Under Double Attack

The longer the Assad regime remains in power, the stronger the jihadists get, says the author Yassin al-Haj Saleh, a former political prisoner in Syria.

A new front: In the last few weeks, fights between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the armed jihadist group The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have broken out in the city of Aleppo. Here a soldier holding an FSA position near Aleppo, January 7. Photo: Mohammed Wesa/Afp/NTB Scanpix

This is a translation of the article Under dobbelt skyts, published in Morgenbladet, January 17, 2014.


The revolution is no longer only against the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad. Now there are three parties inthis conflict, and we are fighting on two fronts’, says al-Haj Saleh by telephone from Turkey, where he has been since October, when he fled his home country Syria. For 16 years he was a political prisoner during the regime of Hafez al-Assad, the father of the present dictator in Damascus.

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