Accession Number:

AD1042462

Title:

Syria's Salafi Networks: More Local Than You Think

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article

Corporate Author:

National Defense Universitys Fort Lesley J. McNair United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

One of the key factors contributing to the success of efforts to defeat al-Qaeda in IraqAQI was that foreign fighters, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and others primarily from Jordan and Syria, dominated the organization. These outsiders attempted to impose their influence in Iraq, alienating local Sunni communities and turning them against AQI. Will Syrias extreme Islamists make the same mistakes, or will they build strong local connections Will they play the role of spoilers in the political process, as suggested by announcements coming from the Nusra Front and others, or can they be convinced to participate in the political process Reports indicate there are up to 10,000 foreign fighters, many affiliated with al-Qaeda, currently in Syria.1 In what directions and how far will they pull the Syrian opposition

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE