What started as a peaceful revolution a year ago now has blown into a fully-armed rebellion. Military and rebels, with access to arms and equipment to fight against each other, continue to battle in the villages of Syria to this time. Helicopters and tanks were used in village assaults, capital defenses and even the persecution of the innocent.
New military rebel factions have emerged, such as the “Freedom Brigade” and the “Shield of Idlib battalion have emerged. Military rebel councils exist now in many towns and cities all over Syria.
The military strength of the rebels comes from the combined groups of defecting soldiers and civilians, which include students, real-estate agents and students. Political defectors are also present, including those coming from the ruling Ba’ath party of President Bashar al Assad.
Skirmishes still occur all over Syria. Rebels have defended many villages, including Aleppo, the commercial capital of the country. However, they indicate that they are suffering heavy casualties from the fights.
The root cause of the revolution last year was to finally resolve the lack of democracy and other individual rights of many citizens in Syria. However, President Assad responded violently against the peaceful revolution by eliminating political threats against the government.
Foreign news correspondents, journalists and reporters were denied access to Syria by the government. Limited news resources continue to cover the violence inside the country.
Civilians are reported to have used their investments and savings to support the Syrian opposition. Many have also held arms against the government. Clearly, the crisis is far from ending its violent phase.
The Syrian opposition and the Free Syria Army states that they cannot rest until they have put down President Bashar al Assad, or else, they would be the next to be killed.