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Opinion: A War of Sectarians, Not a Sectarian War

Opinion: A War of Sectarians, Not a Sectarian War

The current crisis in Iraq is routinely described by international media as a “sectarian” war. The assumption is that Iraq is being torn apart because its various component parts, especially Arab Sunnis and Shi’ites, have somehow decided they can no longer live...
The Sectarian Map of Syria

The Sectarian Map of Syria

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Since the dawn of history, Syria has lain at the crossroads of mankind’s greatest commercial religious and political powers. However, the land known as the Fertile Crescent has seen more than just the rise and fall of great ancient...
Father and Son

Father and Son

Idlib, Asharq Al-Awsat—When Mahmoud fights on the front line his father is right there beside him. “I want him to be behind me so that I can protect him,” he says as he glances up shyly from the floor. But his father is the boss and he takes a different view. He...