A remarkable scene occurred late on Saturday afternoon as residents in the town of Kafr Nabuda appeared fed up with Islamist rule and showcased a rare case of civil disobedience.

As Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Nasr assembled a significant number of fighters, technicals, and armored vehicles in the town’s main street, their forces were suddenly pelted by an angry mob which shortly after drove them out of town.

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According to one report, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Nasr were mobilizing for an assault on Al-Mughair and Karnaz, two nearby government-held towns.

However, the population in Kafr Nabuda were unhappy with the idea of reigniting hostilities in the region after several months of relative calm, thus causing a spontaneous uprising.

The civilians not only threw stones at the Islamist fighters but also opened small arms fire on one of the convoys which in turn caused the militants to respond fire. Three insurgents were killed and some 20 more injured before the rebel forces withdrew from Kafr Nabuda.

Unfortunately, scores of civilians were injured in the skirmishes and crossfire as well. The residents also captured a mortar position with its ammunitions intact and even destroyed an Ahrar al-Sham pickup truck.

Several theories have emerged regarding the revolt; some suggest the civilians merely wanted to avoid retaliatory airstrikes which have plagued Kafr Nabuda in the past while others suggest locals may reconcile with the government, eventually handing over the town to the Syrian Arab Army by peaceful means.

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Revolution disillusioned. Only the foreign mercenaries want to continue.

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Looks intra-rat

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Only the guns for hire want to continue for their foreign paid checks.

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The US no longer supports the rebels or jihadis since the neoliberal obama was replaced. I’ve been hearing from a friend i knew in high school that is a stratfor intel contractor that the trump administration is really wanting to create good relations with Syria and Russia despite obama’s attempts to sabotage the new administration. Though Trump has made some stupid statements I don’t think he has meant anything by them and most of his voters definitely aren’t racists. They were just tired of neoliberal authoritarianism bordering communism. Trump is transferring most of the power from the federal government back… Read more »
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