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  •  Re: false flag operations, while they certainly (2+ / 0-)
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    chuckvw, Quicklund

    exist, we have to remember that there are many players at work in Syria and not all of them are working for either one side or the other.  We have Iran as Assad's patron but Hizbullah appears to be sitting this one out.  Israel seems positively ambivalent as they would love to see Assad out but fear that he may be replaced by an Iranian type theocracy, for example.  Then we have the stateless actors which include several flavors of al Qaeda or their offshoots, sometimes seeming to work in concert and other times at cross purposes.

    As in many civil wars, it is not as simple as one side vs another but instead many actors with many different goals and agendas and any of them capable of false flag operations

    •  Actually, (0+ / 0-)

      a Hezbollah commander of some seniority was killed in Syria recently and a number of Hezbollah fighters as well.  Assad probably has them in Syria to instruct and aid his paramilitaries.

      I think once the war is over and Assad toppled, we'll discover a lot of the groups that were covert actors on Gaddafi's side in Libya also with Assad in this.

      It's not terribly obvious quite what the 'al Qaeda' fighters  are.  They are coming in from Iraq, so some organization and government element there is inviting, gathering, and funneling them in.

      •  wonder if they are Sunni or Shia'? (0+ / 0-)

        Either as proxy fighters for Iran or for the Saudis, taking advantage of the opportunity to crack the "Shia' Crescent"?  If it is the Saudis then we can figure who their fellow travelers would be

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