Mapping Syria’s armed opposition

The battalions fighting Bashar al-Assad’s forces

To explore the armed opposition groups within Syria is to open a Pandora’s box in which hundreds of militias, battalions and brigades operate. The relations between the different players are fluid, dynamic and oftentimes opaque. As such this map cannot be considered comprehensive, exhaustive and exact, but rather a snapshot revealing the main forces that, as of mid-October 2012, were driving the armed uprising in Syria.

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Zak Brophy was Executive's Economics and Policy Editor from 2011 until 2013.

Benjamin Redd

Ben is a Beirut based investigative journalist. He served as Executive's resident data geek from 2013 to 2014, and as managing editor from 2014 to 2015.