RFE/RL Reports: Government, Rebel Allies Line Up In Syria

A snapshot of the complex and often contradictory alliances currently in play in the Middle East

A snapshot of the complex and often contradictory alliances currently in play in the Middle East

As the world debates how to respond to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, RFE/RL examines the international players on both sides of the Syrian conflict.

# INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Syria’s Civil War (Available for download)

# As the possibility of a U.S.-led military intervention looms larger, what are U.S. military options and considerations in Syria, and would they be legal?

# Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s two main allies, Iran and Russia, weigh potential responses.

# Among the likely diplomatic casualties is optimism of a possible thaw in U.S. relations with Iran. But Iran also walks a fine line with Syria.

# Many foreigners are already on the Syrian battleground, including fighters from the Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and Turkey, with the latter two countries watching the violence spill into Arab- and Kurdish-populated regions that border Syria.

# INFOGRAPHIC:  A snapshot of the complex and often contradictory alliances currently in play in the Middle East. (Available for download)

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