Assad shiite linked alawite minority rules sunni

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world. Assad, Shiite-linked Alawite minority, rules Sunni-majority Syria Harez Assad: the only Arab leader to side with Iran in its war against Saudi-backed Saddam Hussein in the 1980s Since 2011, Iran’s money, manpower and military planning is keeping the Syrian government afloat o Syria (Assad) giving safe haven for Hezbola (Iranian Arms), to attack Israel 5/2/18 Iran Iran’s Shiite leaders vs. Sunni monarchy in Saudi Arabia and a Sunni-dominated Arab world. Assad, Shiite linked Alawite minority, rules Sunni-majority Syria Hafez Assad: only Arab leader to side with Iran in its war against Saudi-backed Saddam Hussein in the 1980s Since 2011: Iran’s money, man power, and military planning is keeping the Syrian government afloat Israel wants to stop Iran’s and Hezbollah’s power: escalating strikes inside Syria in January 2013
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With the United States focused narrowly on defeating ISIS in Syria, Israel is turning into Russia o Remember, US doesn’t list Taliban as a terrorist group Israel’s risks confrontation with Iran (Russia’s ally) The United States Al Jazeera. “The US has repeatedly stated its opposition to the Assad government back by Russia, but has not involved itself as deeply” BBC: “The US supports Syria’s main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, and provides limited military assistance to moderate rebels” o Both Sources above are in agreement US-Israel alliance: Iran sees Syria as a line of defense against US and Israel NBC: “Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top officials made the case to Trump that the fight against ISIS was almost finished but a complete withdrawal of US forces at this time would risk losing gains the US has made in the fight”, the official said o Only way to wrap this up is if Assad is pushed aside France Macron: France also realizes that although, it is Russia and Iran made military gains, they want to have a hand in the downfall or transition Summing Up o Syrian war started between a democratizing movement and authoritarian government. Authoritarian government responds with violence. o 353,900 people killed, 56,900: missing, presumed dead (2011-2018) o Who’s involved? Russia, Hezbola, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel o 53% of Syrians have been displaced, 5.6m refugees, 6.1 m internally displaced, 22m pre- war population o Syrians are mainly going to Turkey (EU/NATO gives relief for refugees from Syria), 3.5 million to Turkey, 1 million to Lebanon o Afria: one of the cities Kurdish forces could recover from ISIS Turkey had a brutal fight with the Kurds, Turkey doesn’t want Kurds to gain territory o Nationalist movement by Turkey, Turkey sent troops to fight Afria o Israel: South of Syria o Chemical attacks in Damascus: Assad blamed for chemical attacks City taken by Rebels, attacked with chemical weapons Trump responded with missile strikes, Iran and Russia didn’t want this Trump responded by saying get out of the city he bombed o US isn’t fighting Taliban, fighting ISIS/terrorists o
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