- Opposition Groups & Rebel Forces
Why Rebels and Islamists Are Pitted Against Each Other in Aleppo Province’s Manbij
OUTSKIRTS OF MANBIJ, ALEPPO PROVINCE – Arresting the suspected leader of an armed criminal gang is dangerous in the best of times. In today’s Syria, it’s probably deadly. A Manbij-based crime syndicate allegedly run by a man known as Abu Hashish has been robbing travelers in northeastern Aleppo province for months, striking as far as Salamiyeh in Hama and Ayn al-Arab near Raqqa from its base in Manbij, said Abu Ahmad, a fighter with Manbij’s Golan battalion.