Category Shiite Islam

A different type of Islamic fighter coming to Syria from Iraq

Sayyid Zainab Mosque, Damascus (  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 […]

The Free Syrian Army – Not as United as You Think

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 […]

Signs of Trouble For Hezbollah? An Update…

A follow up from my earlier post, Signs of Trouble For Hezbollah, a piece talking about the recent protest camp established in Sidon by the Sunni Cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Assir, over Hezbollah’s military dominance over Lebanon. Despite this protest only established 3 weeks ago, the cleric has gown to really threaten Lebanon’s fragile peace. Established on […]

Syria, Becoming the Centre of the Middle East

In the 1990s the Israeli Palestinian conflict dominated the news about the Middle East. The long-standing conflict pretty much defined the Middle East. However, after the American led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the focus shifted to another conflict, the confrontation between the Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam. Violence between the two strains of […]