Syria War Tipping Mideast Balance toward Sunnis

(AP) Hamza Hendawi - For the past few years, Shiites were surging in power across the region, based on the alliance between Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, and the Shiites who took power in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. But now the region's Sunni-led powers are encouraged by the prospect that the Sunni-led rebellion could bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. "Sunni Arab countries are pushing back to make up for the losses they suffered after 2003," said Iraqi analyst Hadi Jalo. "With the civil war in Syria and the isolation of the government in Iraq, the Shiite tide is retreating." Hamas moved its political leadership out of Damascus. Regional news channels like Al-Jazeera no longer carry Hizbullah leader Nasrallah's speeches live and in full as they once did.

2012-08-22 00:00:00

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