Syrian Rebel Leader: US Strikes Undermining Rebellion

Complains US Isn't Attacking Syrian Military as Well

Hadi al-Bahra, the head of the self-proclaimed government-in-exile of Syria, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), today blasted the US for its attacks on ISIS, saying they are undermining the rebellion they think will eventually land the SNC in power.

The SNC is nominally the head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), one of the primary “moderate” rebel factions, but one which is also virtually entirely landless, as ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra take most of the rebel territory.

Bahra insisted ISIS is only a “symptom of the problem” in Syria, and that the faction taking half of the country could be solved by the US attacking the Assad government instead.

Bahra was also critical of the US for attacking Nusra, which is al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria, saying it was undercutting the SNC’s efforts for a “permanent solution to the crisis,” which is to say their installation as the actual government.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of