Influx of Sunni Fighters Adds to Sectarian Tone of Civil Warby Jason Ditz, December 20, 2012Print This | Share This
Despite a narrative of Syria’s rebellion being an extension of pro-democracy protests in 2011, UN human rights investigators say that the rebel forces are increasingly made up of foreign fighters with a sectarian agenda.
A report by the UN says that rebel fighters have come from 29 countries, and are overwhelmingly Sunnis flocking to the nation to fight against the Alawite President Bashar Assad.
As the fighting gets more sectarian in nature, it has encouraged more religious fighters from abroad, and as those fighters arrive, they fuel the sectarian tensions all the more, a dangerous cycle
that seems likely to just keep getting worse.
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