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Syrian regime's core supporters begin to drift away


Support for Assad among the Alawites, a religious minority, is waning. But sectarian hostilities and increasing religiosity make Alawites hesitant to join the opposition.

After more than two years of conflict, many of President Bashar al-Assad's supporters are questioning their allegiance to the beleaguered regime. But the growth of conservative Islamist groups among the rebels also have many of them wondering whether they can trust the opposition.

The hardest group of regime supporters to convince may be the Alawites, who share a religion with the Assad family. Though a minority within Syria, making up only 10 t...