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Ahrar al-Sham - the "Syrian Taliban" : Al-Nusra ally seeks partnership with West

Ahrar ash-Sham - die "syrischen Taliban" : die Verbündeten der Nusra-Front bieten sich dem Westen als Partner an
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Steinberg, Guido

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract President Bashar al-Assad’s refusal to step down and open the door to compromise is not the only obstacle to a resolution of the Syrian conflict. Various Islamist groups focused on outright military victory also play a major role. Since 2012 they have come to dominate the uprising. The international community agrees that there can be no negotiations with the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), nor with the al Nusra Front, which is close to al-Qaeda. The open question is how to treat Ahrar al-Sham, as the largest rebel group alongside ISIS. Its militant Salafist orientation, which makes it the al-Nusra Front’s closest ally, speaks against involving it in talks. Although Ahrar has been seeking since 2015 to position itself as a partner for the United States and its allies, there is no sign that it intends to abandon its alliance with the jihadists. (author's abstract)
Keywords Syria; civil war; opposition; military; Islam; militancy; islamism; conflict management; alliance policy; peace negotiation; international relations; Arab countries; Middle East
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Heiliger Krieg; Salafismus
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series SWP-Aktuell, 27/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications