Conundrum in Damascus

How will the unrest in Syria unfold? The experts are hard-pressed to forecast.

By LESLIE SUSSER
April 21, 2011 20:12
Syrians living in Jordan shout slogans.

syrian protester_521. (photo credit: MAJED JABER / REUTERS)

 
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IN MID-MARCH, THE TURMOIL sweeping the Arab world touched on Israel’s northeastern border.

The dusty Syrian town of Daraa, where the current wave of protests against the Assad regime began, lies on the frontier with Jordan, just 25 miles east of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Although sparked by local grievances, including a scarcity of water for agriculture, the demonstrations quickly took on regional overtones as they spread to other towns and cities with marching protesters chanting, “No Iran, no Hizballah.”

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