Geotpf: The article says the government forces recaptured a bunch of burned out bricks, not the rebels.
RanDomino: The town became an important supply hub for weapons for rebel fighters in central Syria because of its proximity to the Jordanian border.lolwut
Most of those now returning to the town are Christians, highlighting the increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. George is a Christian as well. He says his son was kidnapped by Islamist fighters and he clearly blames some of his Sunni Muslim neighbors for collaborating with the opposition."We have been living with the Muslims for generations," his wife said as we stood in their ruined apartment. "I don't know why they did this, why they helped them."George also took us to his brother's house, which was almost razed to the ground. Many of the rooms were burned from the inside. George said his brother fled when one of his sons was killed by rebel fighters."My brother is an engineer. His son came to the door and they shot him because they think all Christians are against them," George tells me.
The One True TheDavid: Keep in mind that, to quote Wikipedia, "Syria is at most 59-61% Sunni Arab" and this war is largely a war of Sunni Arabs against everybody else. Syrian Christians tend to support the government because it tolerates religious ans ethnic minorities amid a Sunni Arab sea: Kurds and Turkmen (of whatever religion), Alawites, Armenians, Druze, "mainstream" shiates, Christians of various denominations, Ismailis, atheists and secularists. It's not so much that they love the Assad regime, just that the Assad regime allows them to go about their lives without persecution.
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