Assassination of Top Cleric Invokes New Challenges & Old Memories in Syria
The Oct. 22 assassination of Sheikh Mohammed Adnan Afyouni, one of Syria’s top Sunni religious leaders, has raised fears of a throwback to an earlier, bloodier phase of the Syria crisis – one where sabotage, targeted killings, and security infiltrations were frequent.
Syria’s Response to the ‘Caesar Act’
The United States could be inadvertently pushing Syria further into Iran and Russia’s sphere of influence. Both Moscow and Tehran will seek to exploit Damascus’ financial ruin to secure more resources and control.