We are seeing a repeat of this in Syria. Syria, with one of the larger minorities of Christians in the Middle East is already seeing large numbers of Christians being harassed and persecuted by the rebel groups being supported the American government. This information is based on reports by Vatican investigators, as a large number of those professing Christianity in Syria are associated with Catholicism. This anti-Christian sentiment and actions by the anti-Assad groups are also part of the reason Russia opposes American policy. Post-Communist Russia has reverted to its traditional policy of being the protector of the Orthodox, who are also a large portion of the Christian community within Syria.