Assad’s grip may be slipping but Syria remains at an impasse
The strikes against Assad regime mark a turning point, but ultimately a non-military solution is the only way forward
Salwa Ismail, 19 July 2012
The targeted killing of several key Syrian military and security figures including members of President Assad’s inner circle signals a turning point in the 17-month uprising. It is uncertain who the authors of the operation against the National Security headquarters are. According to some accounts, it was carried out by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in co-ordination with supporters inside the military forces. Others suggest it was the playing out of an internal power struggle among regime forces. In either case, the immediate implication is that the regime’s foundations – namely the military and security forces – have been shaken severely and are showing signs of fracture and vulnerability. It can no longer be taken for granted that core elite groups are solidly loyal to the Assad regime.
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