A state of flux in Syria with shifting alliances
As conflict and divisions continue to plague the opposition, and as external diplomacy gains more traction in the resolution of the Syrian crisis, the region’s cards are being reshuffled
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As the Syrian Army resumes its military offensive around Damascus, in Homs and in the south of the country, President Bashar Al Assad appears to be brushing up his international image in a diplomatic offensive designed to rehabilitate both himself and the regime.[+]
By Abdel Bari Atwan
I’m afraid to turn on the TV for the next few days because I fear I will have to contemplate the sight of Egyptian warplanes bombing targets inside Gaza, with wailing ambulances ferrying dozens of dead and wounded to hospitals which have no medicine and no supplies, due to the blockade.
I do not wish to witness such an unthinkable event or follow the details of such a disaster. The image of the Egyptian Army that still lives in my mind – and the minds of more than 400 million other Arabs – is one of bravery and courage, the defenders of our nation.[+]
Any settlement in Geneva, which excludes any member of Syria’s multi-faceted opposition, will likely prove worthless
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Speaking to the Guardian newspaper on Friday, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, suggested that the regime might call for a ceasefire at the — as yet unscheduled — Geneva 2 conference.
Jamil was recruited to the government from the ranks of the secular opposition last year in a bid to rehabilitate the image of the Bashar Al Assad regime.[+]