Yesterday, Russia and China vetoed a measure in the UN Security Council that condemned the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Russians and Chinese, along with Brazil, India and South Africa, claimed that the Security Council's resolution on Libya was what led to a NATO-fueled civi
With army defections and reports of armed protesters on the rise, Syria appears to be on the brink of civil war. Opposition leaders are trying to better coordinate their efforts to bring down the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
As of this month, anti-government protests in Syria have gone on for half a year. International support for President Bashar al-Assad has all but evaporated, with even his once-staunch allies demanding an end to his regime’s violence against dissidents.
As protests in Syria enter their sixth month and international support for President Assad dwindles, preparations for various transitional councils are underway. But competing interests have complicated the process of establishing a unified leadership.
After nearly five months of unrest and violence, it’s still unclear whether President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime will survive or fall. So far, human rights groups estimate that 1,700 people have died.
Syria bolstered security around the U.S. embassy in Damascus after Monday’s attack by a pro-government mob on the compound drew worldwide rebuke. After weeks of restrained U.S. reaction to Syria’s brutal crackdown on democracy protestors, diplomatic exchanges between the countries are now tense.