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Saudi Arabia has managed to win crucial support from Pakistan in the ongoing insurrection in Syria, as the two key Muslim states on Monday called for the formation of an interim governing body to replace the Bashar al Assad regime.

Following talks between the visiting Saudi crown prince, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the two countries demanded ‘the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers enabling it to take charge of the affairs of the country (Syria)’.

Ouster of Assad regime: Riyadh wins Islamabad’s support on Syria – The Express Tribune – 2/18/2014.

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Syria Theater of Jihad, Dutch report: Wahhabi are flocking into from all over the world, – YouTube – 2/17/2014.

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Russia/NATO – Hezbollah/al-Nusra – Shiite/Sunni

Stalemate

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The only half-good observation one might make about Syria is that it seems to be, by and large and just to date, it’s own burning building.  What’s happening within it hasn’t, so far, gone on to wreck Lebanon, Jordan, or Turkey, and it hasn’t affected Israel much either.

There’s Sochi charm in the world going on around the turmoil in Syria.

There’s something here too of an update on the American Vietnam Era experience of sitting down to supper with the network news delivering accounts and images from Saigon: because there’s conflict in the world, because, perhaps, someone somewhere is dying by way of political violence as I type, I should skip breakfast?  Some else should forego the morning jog around the neighborhood?  Elsewhere, sleep should be interrupted?

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“If the Dutch forces would send a unit or fighters to Syria to help the oppressed people, I would be the first one to sign up for the Dutch army, but no one is doing anything.   So why when people want to do something to help these people and to make a change, is there a problem?”

Dutch former Royal Netherlands Army soldier trains jihadists in Syria. – YouTube – 1/27/2014.

Related: A Dutch Jihadist in Syria Speaks, and Blogs – NYTimes.com – 1/29/2014.

Additional Reference

Holland spy chief: Dutch citizens fighting in Syria | The Times of Israel – 2/8/2013.

Young Dutch fighters in Syria – heroes or potential terrorists? | Radio Netherlands Worldwide – 6/22/2013.

GUEST POST: Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from the Syrian Front « JIHADOLOGY – 10/13/2013.

Dutch court sentences would-be Syrian rebel fighters | Al Jazeera America – 10/23/2013.

The Dutch Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point – 10/24/2013.

www.kronosadvisory.com/Kronos_DUTCH.FIGHTERS.IN.SYRIA.pdf – 10/24/2013.

www.icct.nl/download/file/ICCT-Bakker-Paulussen-Entenmann-Dealing-With-European-Foreign-Fighters-in-Syria.pdf – 12/2/2013.

European Muslims Join Terror Groups to Fight in Syria – 12/9/2013.

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