The assassination a fortnight ago of Kamal Hamami, a prominent commander of the pro-Western Syrian Free Army (SFA), by the Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has brought the struggle between these two Syrian opposition groups into the open.

The conflict reflects different visions of Syria’s future, one of a militantly Islamic Sunni nature aligned with al-Qa’ida, and the other more secular (although largely Sunni) and aligned with Saudi Arabia and western powers. President Bashar al-Asad’s forces represent a third player, an ‘Alawite regime with Ba’thist overtones aligned with Russia, Iran, Hizbollah and Iraq. (CONTINUED - 733 WORDS)