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Syria's war enters new year more fragmented than ever

Dec 25, 2014    

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Deep into its fourth year of conflict, Syria looks less and less like a state than a patchwork of warring fiefdoms, making outside powers more reluctant to intervene even as it becomes more destabilising for the region. The United States finally entered Syrias war this year, three years after President Barack Obama said Bashar al-Assad must leave power. But it did so only reluctantly, to staunch advances by Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Iraq, and without challenging Assad.With over 200,000 now dead and millions displaced, Syria's disintegration may worsen even furth...

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