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Author O'Bagy, Elizabeth

Title Jihad in Syria / Elizabeth O'Bagy
Published Washington, DC : Institute for the Study of War, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (42 pages) : color illustrations, map (digital, PDF file)
Series Middle East security report ; 6
Middle East security report ; 6
Contents Executive summary. -- Introduction. -- Islamism and terrorism in Syria -- a recent history. -- A framework for understanding complex religious identity in Syria. -- Secularist and religious-nationalist actors in Syria. -- Islamism and the Syrian uprising. -- Jihad's new frontier. -- Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria. -- Syria's Salafi-jihadists: Jabhat Nusra. -- Conclusion. -- Notes
Summary The presence of jihadist elements in Syria is a particularly worrisome development. It proves that the Syrian conflict is no longer a clear-cut situation where a pro-democracy movement is facing down a dictatorship. Syrian jihadists groups like JN have demonstrated sensitivity to popular perception, which has earned them popular support. The emergence of popular Salafi-jihadist groups such as Jabhat Nusra is far more dangerous to the long-term stability of the Syrian state than a few al-Qaeda operatives working on the fringes of the conflict because it represents a metamorphosis of AQ ideology into a domestic platform that is able to achieve popular resonance. U.S. policymakers must understand the complexity of religious identity within the Arab world and distinguish between moderate and extremist Islamist ideologies because Islamists will play an important role in any future Syrian government. The jihadist presence should not discredit the purpose of the Syrian uprising, which began as a popular struggle against autocracy. It should also not be the determining factor in whether or not the U.S. provides greater support to the opposition
Notes September 2012
Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 24, 2012)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 40-42)
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
System requirements: Adobe Reader
Subject Qaida (Organization)
Qaida (Organization)
Islam and politics -- Syria
Islamic fundamentalism -- Syria
Protest movements -- Syria -- 2011-
International relations.
Islam and politics.
Islamic fundamentalism.
Protest movements.
United States -- Relations -- Syria
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Institute for the Study of War (Washington, D.C.)