Between the Syrian National Army; ISIS; al-Qaeda; Hezbollah; Iranian Revolutionary Guards and al-Quds fighters; Hamas; the al-Nusra Front; Russian Navy and Air Force troops; Palestinian Liberation Army; a host of lesser known armed groups but with impressive names such as The Jihad in the Path of God Brigade, and The Falcons of Mount Zawiya Brigade, suffice it to say that Syria is a very, very dangerous place.
Even Britain’s venerable BBC has estimated the total number of armed rebel groups in the 1,000 range.
While Auntie Beeb also estimates the total number of fighters to be somewhere around 100,000, these numbers were from late 2013. With the likes of ISIS reportedly pulling in 1,000 new recruits a month, the total numbers have undeniably ballooned. As reported by Donna Rachel Edmunds of the Breitbart.com news portal on Sept. 5, 2015, somewhere between 10 to 12 millions Syrian civilians have been dislocated during the current revolutionary war against the Damascus government.
While Edmunds did specify that the majority of those uprooted by the war have remained within the borders of what at least is technically Syria, roughly four million have fled to neighboring predominately Muslim nations or to Europe. Interestingly enough, the five wealthiest Arab-Muslim nations in the region have refused to accept a single Syrian refugee, Muslim or otherwise.
As Edmunds penned, “Yet amidst cries for Europe to do more, it has transpired that of the five wealthiest countries on the Arabian Peninsula, that is, Saudi Arabia, UAE…