Syrian National Coalition: Political Solution ‘No Longer Viable’

Insists Armed Opposition Needs to Defeat Russians

by Jason Ditz, September 28, 2016

The Syrian National Coalition, which styles itself as the political leadership of the Syrian rebellion, today declared that they don’t believe that there is any political solution to the Syrian Civil War, and that rather the focus must be on defeating “Russian aggression.”

The National Coalition was originally designed to solicit western funding for the rebellion, and also served as the nominal leadership of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). This didn’t last long, however, as FSA forces quickly started defecting around to various other groups, while keeping the FSA name. Either way, the coalition was never able to exert much of any control over the fighters.

While today’s comments are in keeping with much of the recent rebel narrative about the post-ceasefire situation being all Russia’s fault and proof that the rebellion needs to stay the course, an admission from an explicitly political group that they don’t believe in politics as a viable avenue of discussion makes them even less meaningful than they already were.

Syria’s various would-be rebel figurehead groups have struggled to get off the ground, starting with the Syrian National Council, which was replaced by the Coalition for Opposition Forces Reconciliation, and finally the Syrian National Coalition. Such groups have never played a serious role in official peace talks, and have mostly only been around to attend Western-hosted fundraising efforts. When peace talks have been attempted, the combatant forces have quickly formed rival factions like the High Negotiation Committee.

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