"Putin has been extremely concerned about the expansion of radical Salafism and Wahhabism into Russian heartland, potentially affecting the ideology of the growing number of Russian Muslims."
"It is high time for the administration to face up to Saudi Arabia’s embrace of the fundamentalist Wahhabi-Salafi creed..."
Syria's regime is now an Iranian proxy, while Saudi Arabia and Turkey support some questionable opposition groups.
"If the Islamic State’s history is any indication, then one should be concerned about it deepening political polarization and sectarianism in both Lebanon and Jordan..."
Iran's role in Syria is part of a broader campaign to rebuild the broken regional order on its own terms.
Sectarian tensions have made the conflict transnational.
Far from destroying the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah-Hamas axis, the Arab Spring may be giving it a place on the world stage.
How this key city became a strategic focal point for Assad, the Syrian rebels and the Turks.
One radical element of the anti-Assad coalition is willing to gain power at any price.
Saturday's meeting in Geneva won't overcome Syria's internal divisions. Meanwhile, the world watches the end of the beginning of a civil war.
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