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post #1276 of 2696
Gas prices are dropping again.

So we've got that going for us.
post #1277 of 2696
Yeah Assad is bad i'm not saying he's a decent human being, but sorry there isn't any better option left, moderate opposition has no vocal leaders and was significant during first stages of war but they are insignificant now, they have no agenda other then remove Assad. Also what you say Gibonius is true, but it's also true the rebels wouldn't lasted long if not external help from for example Saudi Arabia. So this war could be over long time ago and it's not only Assad fault it drags on.
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http://world.time.com/2012/02/08/why-syrians-fight-and-why-their-civil-war-may-be-a-long-one/

 

Although its over 3 yrs old I found this to be a helpful read for a ME illiterate such as myself

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http://world.time.com/2012/02/08/why-syrians-fight-and-why-their-civil-war-may-be-a-long-one/

Although its over 3 yrs old I found this to be a helpful read for a ME illiterate such as myself

i haven't gone through this entirely but it seems pretty comprehensive as well

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/understanding-syria-from-pre-civil-war-to-post-assad/281989/
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^ interesting read
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Thread Starter 

If you want to really understand pre-war Syria and you have a lot of time on your hands check out:

 

Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East (read this knowing that Seale was pro-Asad)

The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Power in Syria under Asad and the Ba'ath Party

Demystifying Syria

 

Emile Hokayem's overview early in the war is okay: Syria's Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant

 

And for the Kurds the best book out there is Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence

 

And finally, the Wikipedia page for armed groups in Syria is actually pretty good albeit confusing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_armed_groups_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War

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i haven't gone through this entirely but it seems pretty comprehensive as well

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/understanding-syria-from-pre-civil-war-to-post-assad/281989/
That was very well written.
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i haven't gone through this entirely but it seems pretty comprehensive as well

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/understanding-syria-from-pre-civil-war-to-post-assad/281989/
That was very well written.


yes thanks @the shah 

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Thread Starter 

 

$10 says these are just Nusra fighters wearing niqabs. These "women" are "protesting" for women to cover. 


Edited by ethanm - 10/5/15 at 5:05pm
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Those cropped camos and birks prolly get some thumbs in sw&d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10 says these are just Nusra fighters wearing niqabs. 

edit; sorry

post #1287 of 2696
Good article even if dated (pre ISIS). Great eco/resource and long history data.

Usually the Atlantic is so left it's damn near unreadable.

You can tell their elder statesman history prof here is of course a lefty too..

"And, as we have seen, wars like Iraq have nearly bankrupted the United States."
(hardly)

..but it's mostly background and he sticks to the history, past and current.
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The Assad/Russian dream scenario is to see a huge swelling of Jabhat an-Nusra's ranks. 

 

Yup....That is exactly what they want and the Shias of Iran and Hizbollah are helping them. Never mind that 10-15 million legitimate targets are heading that way in less then a month time.

 

 

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isn't ahrar bunch of ex-cons that burst out of prison ? as far as i understood it, AlQ/ISIS are still belonging to the "fiqh" of al-Maqdisi & abu Qatadah , while ahrar has gone rogue. i mean, their garbage literature isn't exactly bed time reading material for me, but there seems to be an ideological divide

I dont believe there is a thing as 'fiqh of those 2 clowns' but i will read the article in more details however, i want to ask....

 

Do you have any reference to Salafi jihadism before the 1950? 

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curious, why 1950 as a cutoff ? i've only looked glanced through secondary sources that highlight the very dynamic nature of the term. it's a catch-all, and really no two so-called salafi groups really ever accept one another as each thinks itself the most accurate, and indeed the very notion of the salaf has changed over the course of decades/centuries.
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this is very bizarre, sad but bizarre

http://www.latimes.com/world/afghanistan-pakistan/la-fg-doctors-without-borders-says-its-afghan-hospital-was-deliberately-bombed-20151006-story.html
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A day earlier, the U.S. military changed its account of the incident, which also drew sharp criticism from the charity group. Initial reports by military officials said the airstrike was called to protect U.S. ground forces who were under direct fire from Taliban insurgents in Kunduz.

Gen. John F. Campbell, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, revised that account on Monday, saying the airstrike had been requested by Afghan forces, not Americans.

U.S. officials have not explained how the main hospital building was hit several times with airstrikes while surrounding buildings were mostly unscathed, according to accounts from medical staff and residents.

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