March 14, 2019

THERE IS NO SYRIA:

Syria's Assad struggles to reap spoils after military gains (Tom Perry, 3/14/19, Reuters) 

"I agree with Assad - the war is not over. The regime is not in any imminent danger of falling but the challenges are immense, politically, economically," said David Lesch, an expert on Syria and author of "Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad".

On its current course, he sees Syria becoming more like the crisis-hit African country of Sudan where the state exercises limited control and autonomous regions are beyond its grip.

"The question is does Bashar al-Assad -- and the people around him -- realize this is their future?" he said.

In his speech, Assad said Syria faced four wars: the military conflict, economic "siege", a struggle against corruption and what he described as a battle on social media where he said Syria's enemies were waging a propaganda campaign.

Addressing shortages of gas and other supplies, he acknowledged "the choking crisis" of late and likened economic sanctions to a war in which battles were lost and won.

Posted by at March 14, 2019 8:25 AM

  

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