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The Security Index Journal: Kamal Gasimov on the conflict inside the Syrian opposition

11.07.2016

MOSCOW, JULY 11, 2016. PIR PRESS - "Fears of those who believe that the end of the Syrian conflict will lead to a civil war between the opposition groups are far from being groundless", — Kamal Gasimov, expert at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

It is no secret that the conflict in Syria is one of the most brutal and bloody military conflicts of our time, which is often a subject of discussion inside sociopolitical circles. However, someone who is not an expert on the subject will hardly tell how many parties are participating in this conflict let alone who exactly is fighting whom.

In the media, the situation is often presented as though a number of armed groups have rallied against the common enemy, Bashar al-Assad. Nevertheless, despite facing a common enemy, the forces opposing Damascus are far from being homogeneous, because their views about the 

future of Syria after the toppling of the hated regime, their understanding of the role of basic political, economic and social institutions as well as their view of the world differ quite fundamentally.

Such radical contradictions often lead to bloody clashes between the representatives of the so-called secular opposition and the pro-Islamic groups. Apart from those groups stands the Islamic state, which is not a part of any coalition of the opposition forces and is fighting both the Assad regime and most of its opponents.

In the article "A Different War: the Conflict within the Anti-Assad Forces" (the article is available in Russian) Kamal Gasimov, expert of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic
of Azerbaijan presents a detailed analysis of the key players on both fronts of the Syrian opposition and the essence of the conflict between them. He examines a timeline of the key events of the conflict within the anti-Assad forces that occurred in Syria after the ceasefire entered into force.

The expert notes that even the secular opposition sometimes lacks unity of action, "Even the groups ideologically and politically close to each other, apparently, are constantly competing for financial resources and military assistance and do not rush to each other’s support if one of the groups is confronted by the jihadists". According to the author: "Fears of those who believe that the end of the Syrian conflict will lead to a civil war between the opposition groups are far from being groundless".

The topic of conflicts and contradictions among the participants of the Syrian conflict has recently become particularly relevant for Russia, which had taken an active stance in the region and for the entire international community, which is trying to put an end to this brutal conflict and to reconcile the warring parties. 

The article will be published in the next issue of the Security Index Journal №1 (116) 2016.

For all questions related to the “Security Index” journal, Editor-in-Chief Olga Mostinskaya is available at +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via email at mostinskaya at pircenter.org.


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