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February 20, 2012

Free Syrian Army's "wanted Allawites"

February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012

Activists have distributed a video of pro regime "Allawite" gunmen playing with a Free Syrian Army fighter's dead body. It is not apparent that all the militants in the video are Allawite, but activists chose on two occasions to call them so.
Sectarianism is an effective tactic to increase support for the unorganized and poorly armed Free Syrian Army; their videos in recent weeks have highlighted Allawite crimes against Sunnis, especially focusing on women and children to draw support and sympathy.
Here is the video:

Recently, even secular intellectuals, like Marxist Yassin Hajj Saleh, have highlighted fears of dividing Syria along Sectarian lines:  Druze, Sunni and Allawites. This remains a high possibility if all options fail for this regime which is dominated by Allawites. The French Mandate map, below, presents an example of what Syria might look like if the regime opts for an Allawite State.


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