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Syria Update October 2013

October 15, 2013

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As the United States embraces a plan to get rid of all chemical weapons in Syria, the Syrian rebels are reorganizing themselves into Islamic coalitions that are independent of the US-backed Syrian National Coalition and are in opposition to an ascendant al-Qaeda. This reorganization represents a significant loss of US influence among the rebels, their willingness to adopt a hard-core Islamist character, and the probability of internal fighting between al-Qaeda and the other Sunni rebels in Syria.

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Future US Military Involvement in Syria

October 12, 2013

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In order to avoid airstrikes, President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to allow Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles to be destroyed. As the United States engages with Syria in a deal to disarm the regime of its chemical weapons, many still wonder if at some future point the United States could become involved in the conflict.

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Why is Syria Different: Two Years Later

August 29, 2013

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On December 8th, 2011 I wrote about the Syrian conflict and three reasons why the United States would not intervene like it did in Libya. Almost two years later the conflict in Syria continues to rage with no end in site. This article will take another look at my article from 2011 and how the situation in Syria has changed but mostly stayed the same.

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Syria Update August 2013: Part II

August 28, 2013

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Syria’s political reality is changing from a unified state into a fragmented series of regions. A Sunni enclave is developing in the north and east, a regime controlled area in the west and south, and a Kurdish autonomous area in the northeast. Kurdish autonomy will help bolster Turkish influence in the region while a US-led strike against the regime will only solidify the Balkanizing process in Syria.

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Syria Update August 2013: Part I

August 19, 2013

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Al-Qaeda branches in Syria are consolidating their holds over Sunni areas in North and East Syria. Its strategies include displacing local Sunni sheikhs by controlling governance and the economy, while ethnically cleansing Shia population centers. Further escalating tensions are Iranian media campaigns that influence Shia militias to go fight Sunni rebels in Syria.

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