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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Jihadi Spiral

The Jihadi Spiral

After years of byzantine internal disputes, Syria’s armed rebels are suddenly gathering into large, centrally directed organizations of the kind they always needed to threaten President Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian regime. But rather than a winning move, these last-minute unifications look more like the prelude to ultimate defeat. The balance of power in opposition-held northern Syria has now swung sharply in favor of hardline Islamists and an internationally targeted jihadi group, whos growing influence is more likely to drive Western states over to Assad’s side than to topple him.

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