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Towns most close to Alawi heartland

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Submitted by Henk (Netherlands), Aug 21, 2011 at 14:51

I think it is remarkable that the citties where the revolt agaist the Assad regime has been most severe, are the towns most close to the Alawi heartland, Jisr Al Shughur, Hama, Homs and Latakia. Is this just coincidence or is there an expanation for this?

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I am inclined to think that this has to do with Alawi-Sunni tensions being most severe in those towns.

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