Syria's neighbors: How 5 border nations are reacting to Assad's crackdown

Lebanon has kept its distance from Syria throughout the uprising, but Syria's other neighbors have responded differently, providing a window into their regional influence and national interests.


Jordan has internal problems of its own. King Abdullah II sacked his government this week in response to growing complaints about the slow pace of promised reforms. Relations between Assad and Abdullah have been cordial, if not warm. The Syrian uprising began in Deraa, a town lying just a few miles north of the border with Jordan, whose residents share cross-border tribal ties.

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