April 25, 2012

Syria Faces Neo-Mujahedeen Struggle

Victor Kotsev, Asia Times

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If a regime such as Syria's is too strong militarily to be defeated from the outside, it can be torn apart from the inside - such as a foreign-sponsored insurgency that has been termed a "neo-mujahideen strategy". This game requires great skill and caution, as well as the micromanagement of a complicated web of regional relationships and rivalries that includes Iran and Turkey. - Victor Kotsev (Apr 25, '12)
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Syria's Border Blackmail May Backfire
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April 18, 2012
Assad Is an Arab Problem - Not America's
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