Is Syria’s war edging towards an outcome?

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed recent battlefield reverses as just part of the ups and downs of a long-term war involving thousands of battles, and says victory remains inevitable.

His Lebanese ally Hezbollah, led by Hassan Nasrallah, whose fighters are playing a key role alongside Syrian government forces fighting the rebels, agrees that losing one round does not mean losing the war.

He too dismisses speculation about the future of the regime as tendentious psychological warfare.

But the outlook for the embattled Syrian leader undoubtedly looks grimmer now than at any time over the past two years.

  • BobSykes

    Time for some Iranian troops on site. Will the US permit them to transit Iraq?

    Will Israel intervene on the side of Assad? An ISIS Caliphate along the Syrian and Lebanese borders has got to be worse that Assad.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      No, Israel regards Iran, Assad and Hezbollah as worse than ISIS because they are more heavily armed. The defeat of Assad will not end the fighting, because even if the Shiites were thoroughly routed, the Sunnis would then turn on each other in a struggle for power. Then the Kurds would fight for an independent, unified Kurdistan. The outlook for Syria is grim and grimmer.

      • El Martyachi

        … the place badly needs some partitioning, methinks.

  • When cockroaches eat other cockroaches, only cockroaches are left.

  • simus1

    It’s up to Turkey.
    If they are satisfied with what isis now holds in the way of oil, they might let the rest Balkanize itself into small warlord fiefs for a while to let the dust settle.
    Funny if Syria goes that way first when it was iraq divided into three that seemed most likely to lead the way.