RFE/RL Reports: Government, Rebel Allies Line Up In Syria
As the world debates how to respond to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, RFE/RL examines the international players on both sides of the Syrian conflict.
# INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Syria’s Civil War (Available for download)
# As the possibility of a U.S.-led military intervention looms larger, what are U.S. military options and considerations in Syria, and would they be legal?
# Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s two main allies, Iran and Russia, weigh potential responses.
# Among the likely diplomatic casualties is optimism of a possible thaw in U.S. relations with Iran. But Iran also walks a fine line with Syria.
# Many foreigners are already on the Syrian battleground, including fighters from the Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and Turkey, with the latter two countries watching the violence spill into Arab- and Kurdish-populated regions that border Syria.
# INFOGRAPHIC: A snapshot of the complex and often contradictory alliances currently in play in the Middle East. (Available for download)