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6 Sep, 2013

6 Major Players Who Turned Syrian Crisis Into a Proxy War Nightmare – Alternet


What started out as a civil uprising against years of repression, poverty and government corruption turned into a regional proxy war that is now engulfing the entire Middle East, with the nonviolent section of the opposition withering under the weight of civil war. Refugees have poured into Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, and Lebanon has itself seen fighting linked to the Syrian crisis.

Now, the United States’ threats to rain cruise missiles down on Damascus threatens to ignite more turmoil in the region. Here’s a guide to the external players playing a role in and fueling the Syrian crisis, which has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people and displaced a third of the population.

Read the rest: 6 Major Players Who Turned the Syrian Crisis Into a Devastating Proxy War Nightmare | Alternet.