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Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect.


Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

Reese Erlich

Prometheus Books


313 pages




Award-winning journalist Erlich presents his on-the-ground perspective. Emerging from the Arab Spring of 2011, SyriaAE uprising began as a conflict between the Assad regime and sectors of the Syrian people, which morphed into a multifaceted conflict between Sunni, Shia, Alawites, and othersuethnic groups, religious groups, jihadi groups, and outside powersuall with their own agendas. He begins with early twentieth-century Syrian history featuring influential leaders such as T.E. Lawrence and Chaim Weizmann and moves forward to the present inhabited, among others, by politicized first-graders. There are 11 chapters: the uprising that wasnAEt supposed to be; Lawrence of Syria; treaties, rebellions, and independence: 1919-1946; wars and coupsuthen the Assads arrive: 1947-2011; the uprising begins; chemical weapons, military offensives, and stalemate; who supports Assad?; why Iran backs Syria; will the Kurds have their way? Israel, Palestine, and Syria; United States, Russia, and outside powers. There are notes, bibliography, appendixes, and photos. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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