The answer to my question remains: I do not know much about them. The fact is that I remain deeply disturbed by the length of time that the Syrian crisis has taken to resolve. That length of time has been sufficient to rally those forces that we prefer not to have involved in conflict – namely elements that are involved with Al Qaeda and other lesser known outfits. This is a major difference between the conflict in Syria and that of Libya. In Syria there has been sufficient time for outside forces to enter the country via the Iraq and Turkish borders and the real problem is that those foreign fighters are aligned to Al Qaeda.
It appears that the Syrian Free Army is a very mixed group of men. A lot of them are Syrians and not necessarily with links to Al Qaeda. However, there are others who are now a part of the SFA and these are the ones with links to Al Qaeda as well as other jihadist groups. I am not going to neglect to mention that such an influence in Syria.
What is really troubling about the Syrian situation is in fact the foreign or outside interference. What I mean is not the same as the propaganda that comes from the Bashar al-Assad regime, because the regime is ignoring that they rely upon Russia, China and Iran for assistance. The Russians have been caught attempting to transfer arms to Syria, yet they get all shit-faced because the activity of Bashar al-Assad has literally invited a more extremist outfit to enter that country.
Then there is the latest regarding the Turkey-Syrian border- the Turks are now moving missiles to the border region. Can anything healthy emerge in this conflict?