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A tough crackdown on a civil protest in the city of Homs by the government of Bashar al-Assad, has escalated violently and has drawn in a bewildering array of religious factions, rival Islamic groups and other nations.

Here’s a profile of the main players in the Syrian struggle:

On the government side:
* Assad regime
* Alawites
* Hezbollah
* Iran

On the opposition side:

* Free Syrian Army
* Sunnis
* Jabhat al Nusra
* Gulf States
* Turkey and Jordan

Caught in the middle:
* Lebanon

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