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Assad’s heavy reliance on foreigners. Orient News English. March 17. This article has also featured on different websites and journals such as Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal.

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Author(s): Khatib, Hakim
Year of publication: 2017

Abstract: While the danger posed by foreign fighters flooding into Syria has become a central point in world media and research, this focus was more likely to concentrate on Islamically-flavoured extremists and their globally Jihadist ideology. Much less attention was given to those who fight beside Assad regime, who indeed espouse an extremist ideology but with a different flavor. As much as Assad relies on Russian fighters, warplanes and destructive force, he also relies on Iran’s money and Shiite foreign fighters from a variety of countries. Reports estimate the number of foreign fighters who have flocked into Iraq and Syria since 2011 to be between 27,000 and 31,000. Data provided by Soufan report on foreign fighters in Syria in 2015 marked significant increase in the number of foreign fighters travelling to Syria.

Keywords: Assad Regime, Syria, ISIS, foreign fighters, Nusra, Iraq

Research area: Research Area 2: The Dynamics of Normative Orders: Rupture, Change, Continuity
Research project: Formation of a New Gender Order in Tunisia after the Revolution

Full text: http://orient-news.net/en/news_show/133653/0/Assads-heavy-reliance-on-foreigners-continues-to-soar

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