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Syrian civil war sparks new round of rivalries

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

12-21-2015 16:44 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

Due to increasing intervention of external forces and the tug of war of internal forces, two incidents have occurred, which could impact the Syrian civil war. Syrian government troops have seized control of the city of Homs, while rebel factions have assembled in Saudi Arabia for meetings.

 

In the beginning, there were two major forces involved in the civil war, which were Assad government-led troops fighting armed rebel forces. Yet with the rise of "Islamic State" (IS) extremist forces in Syria and Iraq, the international community has focused much attention on them.

Since the IS has severely threatened order in the Middle East, the United States had initiated airstrikes against them last year. Last September, Moscow also announced that its military would strike the IS based on strategic necessity.

Due to Russia's participation, powers of the original two major forces in the Syrian civil war have changed, which has led to the rise of the Assad government and decline of rebel factions.

Homs is a major city located near Syria's capital Damascus, which holds a strong pivotal strategic meaning for the nation. Whoever controls Homs would have significant influence over the outcome of the civil war.

Under a Russia and Syrian government alliance, rebel factions have withdrawn from Homs, which meant heavy losses for rebel factions and a resurgence of the Assad government.

After Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, Moscow deployed more troops to Syria. The withdrawal of rebel factions from Homs boosts the Assad government and Russia that helps them enforce a stronger Syrian security situation for their benefit.

Syria and Saudi Arabia are not neighboring countries. But, rebel factions have assembled in Saudi Arabia for meetings, which demonstrate they still hold some influence. Accordingly, multiple forces at play are destabilizing the region for the time being.  Consequently, the civil war has gotten more complicated  and the security situation in the Middle East looks gloomy. 

 

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