TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Six months into the uprising against the rule of
Syrian President Bashar Assad, the confrontation continues to be mainly
defined as one pitting the country’s majority Sunni population against
the minority Alawites who form the backbone of the regime.
The country’s other sects – the Christians, Druze, Ismaelis – generally
have stayed on the sidelines as the uprising has intensified and grown
bloodier, nervously pondering a future that some fear may echo the
sectarian strife that plagued Iraq from 2003.
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