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Old 12-30-2014   #901
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A WaPo article on a vexed issue here, Syrian regime manpower and the title does suggest the content:
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Desperate for soldiers, Assadís government imposes harsh recruitment measures
Link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...33b_story.html
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Default Year-end Predictions and Analysis: Somalia bound?

Not by me, rather Professor Joshua Landis, a US academic and IIRC sometimes criticised here:http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/yea...ecember-2014/?

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Syria will become increasingly fragmented in 2015. The Somalia-ization of the country is inevitable so long as the international community degrades all centers of power in Syria and the opposition fails to unite.
I found it coherent and sadly realistic.
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This thread has run since August 2012, with 81.8k views and 834 posts. It is appropriate now as 2015 looms (in the UK) that it be closed and a new thread started.

The new thread, refelcting my previous post, is called 'Syria: the next Somalia?'.
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