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Playing with Fire: Why Private Gulf Financing for Syria’s Extremist Rebels Risks Igniting Sectarian Conflict at Home
Source: Brookings Institution
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In this new Saban Center analysis paper, Elizabeth Dickinson examines why private financing by Gulf donors for Syria’s extremist rebels risks igniting sectarian conflict in Gulf countries.
The worsening situation in Syria threatens the Middle East in many ways that will continue to evolve in the months and years ahead. But perhaps the most troubling threat is the continued expansion of the hard-line groups of Salafist-takfiri Islamists, such as the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), that have established themselves in parts of Syria. 75 more words
Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but “cherry-picked” intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources. 332 more words
BEIRUT: The World Health Organisation and UNICEF have launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria, they announced Monday. 275 more words