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.