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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:13 AM

U.N. warns of foreign influx into sectarian Syria war

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Fighters from around the world have filtered into Syria to join a civil war that has split along sectarian lines, increasingly pitting the ruling Alawite community against the majority Sunni Muslims, U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.

The deepened sectarian divisions in Syria may diminish prospects for any post-conflict reconciliation even if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled. And the influx of foreign fighters raises the risk of the war spilling into neighboring countries, riven by the same sectarian fault lines that cut through Syria.

Most of the "foreign fighters" slipping into Syria to join rebel groups, or fight independently alongside them, are Sunnis from other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.N. investigators found, reporting on their findings after their latest interviews conducted in the region.

"They come from all over, Europe and America, and especially the neighbouring countries," said Abuzayd, adding that names from 29 states had been recorded so far.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/20/us-syria-crisis-un-idUSBRE8BJ0LI20121220

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:34 PM

1. I remember Tabatha denying vehemently that there was any foreign involvement, except Iran.

Where is she these days? I wonder what she'd say today.

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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:41 PM

2. Who could have seen this coming?

Well, some people right here on this board, for starters. When others were full of revolutionary fervor and certain Assad and his regime would just collapse and run away.

Now, we've got us a nice little multi-level proxy war going on:

Syrian Sunnis vs. Syrian Kurds, Christians, and Alawaites

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Gulf States vs. Iran and Hezbollah

London, Paris, Washington (the self-styled "international community") vs. Russia and China.

That UN report is truly terrifying. We're on the doorstep of a sectarian inferno there.

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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:03 PM

3. Funded and abetted by the Saudis

They doing their best to turn Syria into the next Lebanon.

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