"... “It is hard to imagine that Assad is going in the short term, and even in the medium term, to lose control of the area between Aleppo south to Damascus and then over to the coast,” said the diplomat, Robert S. Ford.“He will control that area — geographically it is maybe a fourth of the country,” said Mr. Ford, who added that it includes most of Syria’s major cities. “But the other three-quarters will be under the control of different armed elements or contested among different armed elements.”
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Robert Ford: "Assad' staying in power"
Of course Ford fails to list 'popular support' as another reason for Assad's staying power: NYTimes:
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 10:37 AM