The leaders of the Syrian opposition’s largest rebel groups are set to meet in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss the prospects of forming one military command for all factions participating in the war against the Syrian government.
The rebel groups participating in this latest meeting include Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham (largest rebel group), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front), and several small factions from the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
All of these rebel groups are backed by the Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia and Qatar) and Turkey, but they are made up of primarily Syrian fighters.
The goal of this conference will be to announce one unified rebel command that will be able to combat the Syrian government forces in the future, should there be a need to confront them.
In the past, the rebels have formed these kind of conglomerations in certain provinces (e.g. Dara’a, Idlib, Aleppo); however, a unified force of this magnitude has never been created, despite several attempts prior to this meeting.
The timing of this conference is rather interesting, given that the Syrian Al-Qaeda factions “Jund Al-Aqsa” and “Jabhat Al-Nusra” launched several attacks against the Free Syrian Army forces inside the Idlib Governorate this past weekend.