Category Sunni 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 […]

Worrying Signs from Lebanon

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 […]

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 […]