September 20th, 2012
10:38 AM ET

For Christians in Syria, fear of future reigns

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.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Violence

soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Jihad Johnny

    Syria is on the road to radical Islam, just like Egypt and Libya.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
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    pardon me, do you have any grey poopon of Mohammad?

    September 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
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