Diplomacy is being overtaken by the armed struggle. But on both scores, Syria’s embattled president, Bashar Assad, is steadily losing ground.
SIXTEEN months into an uprising that has now left more than 15,000 Syrians dead, the diplomatic and military pace of the conflict has become a lot hotter. On all fronts President Bashar Assad is losing ground. No one knows when a tipping point may occur. But even his dwindling band of friends seems to recognise that he is on the way out.
On the diplomatic front, buttressed by his dogged old Russian allies, Mr Assad is still refusing to give way. Even so, he may slowly be starting to sense defeat. “A few months ago he was in denial,” says a diplomat close to the action. “But I think he should know by now that the end is near and that he should have to go.
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