Syria’s Assad, Buoyed By Russia, Sees Little Reason to Negotiate

Syria’s Assad, Buoyed By Russia, Sees Little Reason to Negotiate
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressing the newly-elected parliament, Damascus, June 7, 2016 (Syrian Arab News Agency photo via AP).

In his defiant speech to Syria’s parliament earlier this month, President Bashar al-Assad, as he always has, cast all of Syria’s rebels as terrorists. “Just like we liberated Palmyra and many other areas before it, we are going to liberate each and every inch of Syria from their hands,” he said. The speech struck a decidedly different chord from Assad’s last national address, in July 2015, when he admitted that his army was tired, running out of soldiers, and had given up territory. A little over a month after that speech, Russia intervened in Syria, propping up Assad through airstrikes […]

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