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Syrian regime's position strengthens as world pushes for diplomatic solution
CBC ^ | May 17, 2013 | Derek Stoffel

Posted on 05/19/2013 7:09:04 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican

If there’s one thing you can say about Bashar al-Assad, it’s that he has staying power.

For more than two years, the Syrian president has defied predictions that his downfall is imminent. His regime has certainly suffered many setbacks during the brutal civil war that shows no signs of ending, but it's clear right now that Assad and his followers have been gaining momentum.

The most recent example came just a few days ago, when Syrian forces took control of a town near the highway that links Damascus to neighboring Jordan. After battles with the opposition, government troops reopened the roadway near Khirbet Ghazaleh.

Re-establishing control means Syrian soldiers are in a better position now to block the transfer of arms from Jordan, bound for opposition fighters.

All across Syria, Assad’s forces have launched intense offensives in recent weeks, successfully pushing the rebels back from hard-won positions. There has been fierce fighting in the northern city of Raqqa, the first provincial capital to fall to opposition hands.

Assad himself has demonstrated more confidence of late, making several public appearances in an effort to show he is not holed-up in his well-guarded presidential palaces in Damascus.

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel; jordan; kurdistan; lebanon; russia; syria; turkey; waronterror

1 posted on 05/19/2013 7:09:04 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks MinorityRepublican.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3021176/posts?page=34#34


2 posted on 05/19/2013 7:49:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
YouTube has a large series of videos from both sides of this conflict that show real modern warfare at its worst.
3 posted on 05/19/2013 8:48:58 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: MinorityRepublican

I am not convinced the world is a safer place following the obama-led replacement of Qaddafi and Mubarak;matter of fact,I am not certain it is safer with Saddam Hussein replaced with more religious fanatics.

WE could have been energy independent if the Democratic Party had not put every possible obstacle in the way.

The hundreds of billions of $$$ would be recirculating in our economy instead of fueling terrorist governments.


4 posted on 05/19/2013 10:17:17 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: fella

Not to mention liveleak.com.


5 posted on 05/19/2013 11:13:30 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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