The article captures the evolving internal struggles amongst Islamist groups in Syria. These developments closely resonate with the in-fightings among the Islamist groups in Afghanistan throughout the 1980s and 1990s which led to the total destruction of the Afghan state and the subsequent take over of it by the Taliban. Despite the disarmament of the Syrian regime, a bigger threat to Syrian civilians and society–which needs urgent attention from the international community- is the presence of numerous armed groups who will tear Syria apart in their struggle to take over the state.
Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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