October 14, 2012 • Chris
The civil war in Syria is rife with storylines beneath the overarching theme of a population seeking freedom from its long standing, authoritarian ruler. Two factors that complicate the current state of affairs are the appearance earlier this year of Al Nusra Front for the People of the Levant, which is an Al Qaeda front group that has quickly emerged as a disruptive force.
The group has been active in efforts against the Syrian government:
Then there’s the increasingly ominous strains with Turkey, which has long had issues around the Syrian border but ratcheted up military engagement after a reconnaissance jet was shot down by Syrian forces. Tensions have steadily risen since that time and show no signs of abating as reports emerged Friday that the Syrian passenger plane headed for Damascus intercepted by Turkish jets last week allegedly contained munitions supplied by Russia.
The latest events between Syria and Turkey can be seen in the below timeline:
How do you think things will move forward in Syria? Will Turkey take offensive action to secure its border? Does evidence of Al Qaeda piggybacking on rebel efforts increase the likelihood that Western powers will intervene?