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Shiite Foreign Fighters in Syria: Facts, Narratives and Regional Impact

shia militiamen with basharSince spring 2013, a number of convergent signs indicate that a significant number of seasoned Shiite fighters from Iraq are crossing the borders into Syria to fight alongside the regime. This latest development comes in the context of mounting pressure on the capacity of the Syrian army (1), and limitations to the involvement of the Lebanese Hezbollah in Syria.

This article aims to shed light on this recent phenomenon, the corresponding realities on the ground as well as the religious and historical narratives underpinning it. It concludes by touching on the potential impacts of such a development and its significance for the future of the region. Continue reading

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Empower the Free Syrian Army

“We ask the inhabitants of March to save us from the people of Earth” , a plea from the people of Dael in Daraa, Syria, 12 Juillet 2012

Over the past 18 months of the Syrian conflict, experts had plenty of time to discuss options for international action in Syria, including:

1.  A UN peace-keeping mission

2. A buffer zone in Syria

3. A no-fly zone

4. Arming the Free Syrian Army Continue reading

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