February 15, 2013

Why Syria's Islamists Are Gaining

J. Malcolm Garcia, New York Times

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In Aleppo, Islamists win support by showing a sense of direction and providing social services, while the Free Syrian Army displays no vision for the future.

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TAGGED: Free Syrian Army, Al Nusrah Front, Middle East, Syria


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