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Assad Pulls Ahead in Syrian War. Putin, Khamenei Are Co-Victors

Debka

Opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib is waiting tonmeet the Assad regime’s representative, possibly Foreign Minister Walidnal-Moallem, in the Russian capital by the end of February to set up the talks. Bashar Assad has taken his resignation off the agenda and insists on reserving the option to run again for president in 2014

He is backed in this by President Vladimir Putin. And even the Syrian opposition  appears to have tacitly bowed to this precondition – an admission that the rebel  movement has reached its limit and Assad’s genocidal, no-holds-barred tactics  have
paid off. With all their acclaimed victories, rebel forces know that their  desperate bid to conquer Damascus was repulsed by the Syrian army’s superior fire power and heavy armor. They were thrown back from the heart of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. And they failed to gain control of Assad’s chemical  arsenal. Ferocious fighting failed to bring the big Syrian Air Force bases into  rebel hands. Now, most of the fighting opposition to the Assad regime is ready  to negotiate terms for a ceasefire as the opening gambit for apolitical  settlement. They face their enemy standing firm as the unvanquished ruler of  Syria and commander-in-chief of its armed forces at the cost of Syria 80-100,000  Syrian lives and a ravaged country.

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