“And Thus We Turned to Military Struggle” The Commander of Al-Ashtar Battalion in Al-Rastan

“And Thus We Turned to Military Struggle” The Commander of Al-Ashtar Battalion in Al-Rastan

 Friday 27th January 2012

A Q&A with Razan Zaitouneh

The Malek Al Ashtar division is one of two battalions under the “Syrian Free Army’s” Khaled ben Al Waleed brigade in the city of Al Rastan north of Homs. Its leader, Hasn Al Ashtar, is one of the most wanted individuals in the city. He has suffered various forms of persecution along with his extended family since the first few months of the revolution. This conversation sheds light on some aspects of the work done by the “Free Army” in Al Rastan, the negative aspects being attributed to it, and the debate on whether to militarise the revolution or keep its peaceful nature.

R: How did you and your family end up being ravaged and targeted by the regime? استمر في القراءة