People’s war in Syria now in Chairman Mao’s second phase

The last few weeks of the war in Syria have seen a lot of back and forth action and big body counts, but between the lies and the omissions and the fog of war, it’s hard to perceive a narrative. But look closely and apply a bit of military history, and it comes through clearly: the war is in what Mao called the second phase of people’s war.

The second phase is the “strategic stalemate” where rebels have stopped government advances and are infiltrating, encircling, and wearing down government troops.