This March will be the fourth anniversary of the Syrian crisis, a conflict that has seen this ancient cradle of civilisation become a mass graveyard. 210,000 people have been killed, with almost half Syria’s citizens displaced, blighted by every imaginable horror of war – including chemical weapons.
But still at the helm remains Bashar al-Assad. World leaders, including President Obama, called for him to step aside way back in August 2011.
In many ways he appears more entrenched than ever. Back in the early months of that uprising he was under serious threat from mass protests, the likes of which Syria had never seen.