Grosssyrien-Partei gewinnt Einfluss
Resurgence of the SSNP in Syria: An Ideological Opponent of the Regime Gets a Boost from the Conflict
The Facebook page of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party’s Homs branch recently boasted: «The families of Homs return to their homes and thank the Party for providing security for them.»
According to reports I’ve received from colleagues in Syria, this boast is not empty. Following the retaking of Homs’ Old City from the rebels in May of this year, the regime has turned over responsibility for security and administration in the Old City to the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and its militia.
Joel Veldkamp is an MA candidate at the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle East Studies. He lived in Damascus, Syria from September 2010 until May 2011.
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