By the CNN Wire Staff
Editor's note: Read a version of this story in Arabic
Damascus, Syria (CNN) - As the 18-month-long Syrian conflict festers, the government and the opposition welcome and need Christian support.
But some Christians fear radical Islamists have been swelling rebel ranks.
CNN's Nic Robertson recently spoke with Syrian Christians in the Damascus countryside town of Maaloula.
Christians make up 10% of the population. Syria is ruled by a government dominated by Alawites, whose faith is an offshoot of Shiism. The regime is opposed by an opposition with a large Sunni presence.
Some Christianssupport the government, others the opposition. Many want to know what an opposition government would mean for them and are apprehensive.
Syria is on the road to radical Islam, just like Egypt and Libya.
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