Syrian Social Nationalist Party
The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) is a political party founded in 1932 with a secular, "pan-Syrian" (as opposed to the Baath party's pan-Arab) agenda. It sees "the area now covered by the nation-states of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, and even Cyprus, as a single historical nation, which should be united as such."
It has been persecuted in the past but was over the years integrated into the "acceptable" opposition. It strongly gained in influence during the crisis, especially by being an important player in the loyalist National Defense Forces with its often Christian fighters. Their stronghold is Homs.
- Resurgence of the SSNP in Syria: An Ideological Opponent of the Regime Gets a Boost from the Conflict, Joel Veldkamp, Syria Comment, December 19, 2014