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Syria Video Analysis: Beginner’s Guide to the Islamic State, the Insurgency, and the Assad Regime

Syria Video Analysis: Beginner’s Guide to the Islamic State, the Insurgency, and the Assad Regime
August 29
09:14 2014

More people are being introduced to the Syrian conflict by the advances of the Islamic State. Here’s a 7-minute introduction to the jihadists and their relationships with the insurgency and with the Assad regime.

1. The Islamic State is not part of the Syrian insurgency.
2. So who are the insurgency?
3. Where is the Assad regime positioned between the Islamic State and the insurgency?
4. “We have a 3-way fight.”
5. “If you are going to deal with the Syrian crisis, you are going to have to deal with both the Assad regime and the Islamic State.”

See also Syria Op-Ed: Both Assad and ISIS Declared War On The Syrian People, Because Both Want The Same For Themselves

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. salamehkaileh
    salamehkaileh August 29, 15:39

    Notice that the Islamic State did not resist the American occupation in Iraq, but it was founded to ruin the Iraqi resistance and derail it in a sectarian way, just as it is ruining the Syrian Revolution. Thanks

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