Category Syria

A different type of Islamic fighter coming to Syria from Iraq

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 […]

Disunity in the Syrian Opposition: Clashes in Aleppo.

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 […]

Iraq Helping to Shape Syria or Syria Helping to Shape Iraq?

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 […]

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 […]

Qatar vs Turkey Playing out in Syria.

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 […]

Lebanon: Taking Advantage of Syria While it Can?

  Last week, Lebanon’s former Information Minister Michel Samaha was arrested on charges of forming a terror group to commit crimes in Lebanon. Reportedly he had explosives in his car, which were going to be used in attacks in Northern Lebanon, around Akkar, near the border with Syria. His critics say that he was planning […]