By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Syria has been on the back burner for most media outlets these past few weeks. Yet, there are still important developments that warrant our attention.
The process of the disposal of non-conventional weapons by Syria had come to a halt, but is now back on track.
And Assad has continued to solidify control over more and more of Syria.
Most importantly, rebel forces continue to fight one another more than they are fighting Assad. Over the past 36 hours 68 rebels have been killed by other rebels. The fighting is taking place in the area around Bukamal which is situated in Eastern Syria, near to the border with Iraq. Bukamal just happens to be the site of Syria's rich oil reserves.
The conflicts are between an al Qaeda breakaway called the Islamic State of Iraq and between the Levant and an al Qaeda affiliate called Al Nusra. There were times when the forces worked together, but for the past 18 months they have been viscously battling each of over.
They are battling over the question of who has the greater faith.
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