If Assad falls and a new government is formed by Sunni rebel forces, Iran loses a keystone in its regional power structure.
It appeals to angry Sunni Arabs who are less than a third of Iraqis.
But the essential conditions that led Hamas to realign itself with the Sunni Muslim states remain in place.
In those places, with the help of the Sunni chiefs, the strategy worked brilliantly.
Tlass' father, Mustafa, a former Sunni defense minister who wielded tremendous clout under Hafez Assad, is something of a scholar.
The Bektashi group had always been much more liberal and forward looking than the Sunni.
The kings of these lines adopted the names Dia, Sunni, and Askia.
Later it expanded considerably under Sunni Ali, "the true Negro soldier," who ruled from 1464 to 1493.
The troops in his army upon whom he placed most reliance were the Afghans and Tartars, who were of the Sunni persuasion.
The field contains but few adventitious designs and they are rarely animal, as the Afghans are Sunni Mohammedans.
1620s, from Arabic, literally "lawful," from Sunna "traditional teachings of Muhammad," literally "way, custom, course, tradition." Muslims who accept the orthodox tradition as well as the Quran.