Syria regime ‘to accept de facto partition’ of country

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces stand on a huge portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on March 29, 2015, in the Syrian city of Idlib

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say.

The strategy was in evidence last week with the army’s retreat from the ancient central city of Palmyra after an advance by the Islamic State group.

“It is quite understandable that the Syrian army withdraws to protect large cities where much of the population is located,” said Waddah Abded Rabbo, director of Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the regime.

“The world must think about whether the establishment of two terrorist states is in its interests or not,” he said, in reference to IS’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front’s plans for its own “emirate” in northern Syria…

  • MRHapla

    “we did not like those areas anyway,,,”

    • Frau Katze

      I haven’t any more stories on this as of now.

  • Troy

    Check ISAIAH 17 in Old Testament. It says that Damascus government will be finished. The important people will be taken away.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama will lead the charge to admit them to the UN.

  • simus1

    An interesting and realistic strategy for the Assad led crowd. It leaves two muslim fanatic terrorist factions to sort out their differences plus turkey left holding the bag when it comes to paying the bills to feed a starving populace . isis thugs faced with trying to govern should result in a very unstable gaza style outcome.
    Something similar will likely occur in iraq as well.