irst, we have the regional actors. The government and its allies which are Iran, Iraq, and Hezbollah of Lebanon. The government forces which is the National Defence Forces is supported greatly by Iran. The NDF along with other pro-government fighters were reported to have around 60 to 80000 fighters. Including the 8000 Hezbollah fighters and the 5000 to 10000 Iraqi and Afghan fighters.Russia also has their troops deployed in Syria in support of the government. In 2015, there were 4000 members of Russian military stationed in Syria during the armed conflict. Another major player in the Syrian war is the terrorist group ISIS. The Russians also fought ISIS alongside the Syrian government. Russia and Iran are the biggest allies of Syria, they assisted Syria in reclaiming its power and “… regaining some of the strategic areas it has lost…” .Then we have the Syrian opposition consisting of militia groups such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) which as mentioned above was established in 2011 as anti-government group. The FSA have members that have previously served in the armed forces. Another opposition group is the Islamist Front. These two opposition groups have received foreign aid from firearms to combat training. Another opposition group which is made of jihadists is the Al Nusra Front who claimed to have allegiance to Al-Qaeda. This group surfaced in January 2012 claiming to be fighting for the Syrian people. The Al Nusra Front used to fight alongside the Islamic Front but went separate ways after the Islamic Front decided not to join forces with ISIS. But today the rebel group who has the most control over Syrian territory are the Kurdish forces. These opposition groups although some are fighting together to overthrow the Assad government, do not all share the same vision for Syria they all have different agendas in relation to running the country if their mission succeeds.