"... They are a rabble of bits and pieces of various movements, many of them Sunni Islamic jihadist catspaws for Saudi Arabia who are interested in nothing but creating an Islamic emirate in the territory that is now the Syrian Arab Republic.The government's supporters are Alawi, Shia, Sunni and Christian. This is a majority coalition. Iran and Russia support Syria both politically and in terms of materiel
I have said before on SST that IMO the Syrian rebellion is the product of Saudi religious irredentism in the Levant. Some reject that idea saying that there are too few Sunnis in these countries for them to rule for long. This is a profoundly ahistoric POV. Sunni minorities ruled these countries for centuries and they could do it again with enough Gulf money behind them. pl"