Since the start of the Syrian uprising five years ago, Syria’s Alawites were seen as the vigilant minority group, who chose one of their own, President Bashar al-Assad, as leader and protector from a turbulent political climate rocked by powerful militant groups across the country.
Assad started sending [Alawite] corpses in SuzukisFouad Hamira, founder of an Alawite anti-Assad movement
The Assad regime for the past decades was able to create a mutual interest between the regime and the AlawitesFouad Hamira, founder of an Alawite anti-Assad movement
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There were Alawi dissidents when the protest movement erupted against Assad, but the regime killed many of them, for example Udai RajabKyle W. Orton, an associate fellow at the London-based think tank Henry Jackson Society
There is a revival of Alawism as a religious identity, that’s a new phenomenonRobin Yassin-Kassab, London-based author