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Originally posted by Rickey Gerard Perez
I was also watching the fox news channel and Dan Senor said that Bashar Assad, the leader of Syria who has been blamed for Rafiq Hariri's assassination, urged Shiites in Iraq to wage a Jihad against American forces.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria secretly incited Iraq's top Shia leader to declare holy war against US and British forces, according to Washington's former administrator in the country.
In his new book, My Year in Iraq, Paul Bremer said he heard the explosive intelligence in October 2003 as sectarian tensions soared across the country following the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The report came from an extremely senior source, the supreme leader of Iraq's majority Shia community, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Syria: The Next Generation
by Daniel Pipes
Prepared for the Orkand Corporation
Syrians constitute the youngest people in the Middle East and one of the youngest on the globe. Forty-nine percent of the population is under fifteen years of age. The massive size of the young population makes even more open than otherwise the fundamental political questions about the future course of the country. Which ideology will the young-and specifically those born between 1955 and 1970 -- favor? Will they be caught up in internal politics or engaged in foreign adventures? Are they inclined to pursue the radical experiments of their elders? Or are they ready to settle down to a more routinized public life?
These questions cannot be tackled directly. Instead, we shall flank them by using the information that can be found, most of which is historical and political in nature. Though sometimes fragmented and not always trustworthy, the available evidence does make it possible to reach some tentative conclusions.