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Dr Chris Phillips spoke to France 24


France 24

Dr Phillips talked to France 24 about his recent research trip to the Turkish-Syrian border. From interviews with Syrian refugees on the border he found that the vast majority are resisting defining the civil war as a sectarian calling for a pluralist democratic state after President Assad falls, where different sects can live side by side. He found that a small minority do hold more extreme sectarian views and blame Assad’s Alawi sect for the whole of the regime’s brutality.



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