Three years on, the Syrian conflict’s dynamics have changed, activists and analysts concur. Influential groups, with vested interests in a prolonged conflict, have become major players, jeopardizing an end to the violence either through regime change or a power sharing agreement.
‘War merchants outnumber the fighters’
Infographic: Battle for control in Syria
Syria has become an importing nation, creating a new class of war merchants, with strong connections with the regime and rebelsMohanad Hage Ali
A never-ending story?
Syrians protest outside the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, May 2012 reuters