Saudi Arabia’s motives in the Syrian civil war

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Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, it has become a magnet for countries and organizations that, concerned for their own interests, cannot refrain from interfering.As a result, Syria has regressed about six decades, to the period when its weakness left it prey to both regional and international powers.Of all the countries that have taken vigorous action against the regime of Bashar Assad, Saudi Arabia stands out.King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz was the first senior Arab leader to break the silence and condemn the Syrian president's repression of the 2011 protests. Abdullah was also the first Arab leader to call openly for arming the Syrian opposition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages18
JournalMiddle East Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017


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