Sayyid Zainab Mosque, Damascus (Credit:HappyTellus.com)

Sayyid Zainab Mosque, Damascus (Credit:HappyTellus.com)  There has been much media attention on the numbers of Jihadi fighters coming from Iraq to participate in the Syrian uprising (see my piece here). Indeed no one can now argue that elements of the Syrian rebels have been helped by these experienced fighters. These fighters, mainly connected to the Sunni […]

A Syrian Rebel in a Kurdish Area of Aleppo (Credit: FirstPost)

The Guardian reported today that Syrian Rebels and Kurds Clashed in Aleppo today. For any future Syria this is a big blow. It was hoped that a future Syria could hold a place for all the different minorities in Syria, indeed the leading political opposition, the Syrian National Council (SNC), has said so in the past. However todays […]

Burnt Out Vehicles Near the Syrian Turkish Border (Credit: The Australian)

Late last year in the Syrian uprising Syrian rebels called for a ‘no fly zone’ (an interesting announcement, as at the time as Syrian aircraft had not really been used to great effect against Syrian rebels). This call soon developed into the rebels calling for a ‘buffer’ zone being set up in northern Syria, which […]

Iraqi Kurd's stand guard near the Syrian Border (Credit: MSNBC News)

Much has been made of the regional affect of the Syrian conflict, it spilling over into Lebanon, the threat of chemical weapons on Israel and the influence of Iraqi elements in Syria.  As far back as February 2012, US counter terrorism experts confirmed publically that Al Qaeda affiliated elements had infiltrated the unrest, though this […]

Logo for the Free Syrian Army (Credit: Flickr)

A while back I wrote a piece on the Syrian Opposition and the disjointed nature of it, being made up of a series of local, regional and international elements. This time round, I want concentrate on the Syrian opposition on the ground. This is widely quoted as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), although it is […]

Jebel Muhsin (Background) and Bab al Tabbana (foreground) Districts of Tripoli, Lebanon (Credit: BBC News)

It seems events in Syria are once again spilling over into Lebanon. The recent fighting in Lebanon’s second city this week has seen at least 15 people dead, including a Sunni Cleric, in violence fuelled by the Syrian conflict. This latest round of violence, while not rare in Lebanon, is a worrying development in the […]

Turkish Military near Syria (Credit: The National Post)

As I have mentioned in previous posts last month, Qatar is taking an increasingly important role in the Syrian crisis after having a turbulent relationship with Syria over the last decade. Qatar has also been competing with Turkey in an attempt to end up as a major influencer in any future Syria. Now, almost a […]

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