The U.S. backed “moderate” rebel militia “Harakat Hazzm” (Movement of Steadfastness) has faced an abrupt end to their one year old existence after a war broke0ut between their forces and the Syrian Al-Qaeda branch “Jabhat Al-Nusra” in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
While U.S. State Officials attempted to depict Harakat Hazzm as a moderate rebel force combatting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian President, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, they failed to garner much support from the Syrian populous, as their alleged 4,000 strong organization folded in the same province they found their genesis in this Syrian conflict.
Oddly enough, Harakat Hazzm was one of the first “moderate” rebel forces to receive the much anticipated TOW (anti-tank) missiles to combat the SAA’s armored divisions in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo; however, these weapons were irrelevant against the swarming Jabhat Al-Nusra contingents at Regiment 46 Base in southwest Aleppo – their forces disbanded one week after the latter declared war against them.
The disbandment of Harakat Hazzm and the growing strength of Islamist factions in Syria is likely to have little to no affect over U.S.’ policy to train “moderate” rebels inside Syria; after all, they are currently training a number of militants in foreign countries.
Harakat Hazzm is the second U.S. sponsored rebel faction to disband in less than 6 months; the previous group was Jamaal Ma’arouf’s “Syrian Revolutionaries Front” that abandoned their posts in the Idlib and Dara’a Governorates after warring with Jabhat Al-Nusra.