Saudi Rage Over Syria Leaves Shiites Anxious About Reprisals: Saudi Arabia’s proxy war against Bashar al-Assad is popular among a mostly Sunni Muslim public enraged by the killings of their co-religionists in Syria. Among the kingdom’s Shiite minority, many worry that the anger will eventually be directed toward them.
“The Saudis are quite concerned, as they should be, about the possible spillover of increased violence and dissent in response to events in Syria and Bahrain,” he said. “Tensions between the Sunnis and Shiites are not subsiding, and seem to be getting worse.”
Saudi Arabia funds "Army of Islam” in Syria: Syrian rebel groups have been jockeying for further foreign funding by realigning their coalitions to meet objectives of their state sponsors. An allegedly "moderate Islamist” group of Sunni brigades has formed to serve as Saudi Arabia’s rebel proxy fighting force. It calls itself the Army of Islam, and its goal is to field 100,000 troops before next spring’s fighting season.
1.7 Billion Sunni against 100 million Shiite in Syria and around the world