Syria a flashpoint for World War III as Shia-Sunni rift widens?
Damascus: Syria is on the brink of unleashing a full-scale war that could soon take the shape of larger conflict involving majority of the world powers.
The more-than-two-year-old conflict has claimed over 93,000 lives and made over 1.3 billion people homeless. The conflict has witnessed one of the most brutal instances of mass slaughter and killings in recent history.
The conflict started in the background of the Arab Spring revolution in Northern Africa. The revolution took a violent turn and since then it has become one of the bloodiest crisis in the region.
Protests started against the leadership of President Basher al-Assad by the Sunni-majority people of the nation. The conflict has left the nation divided on two lines. On one side are the staunch supporters of Assad with backing from Iran and other Shia dominated regions of the world. On the other hand are the loose fractions of rebel fighters backed by Sunni militant groups with the backing of Sunni dominated nations of the Middle-East.
Recently, European Union announced the lifting of arms embargo imposed on rebel fighters thereby facilitating the delivery of military aid to them. On Friday, US approved sending arms to the rebel fighters, a decision that would have serious consequences for the crisis.
Analysts believe Syria is increasingly becoming a flashpoint that would soon divide the region on two lines of Shias and Sunnis.