The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Rueters
Assad Won't Go Soon, Russia Warns Opposition -- Sydney Morning Herald
MOSCOW: The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, will not quit before his term ends in 2014 and that it is ''impossible to change his position''.
The declaration came as Syrian armed forces recaptured a town in the west of the country after days of heavy fighting, Al Jazeera television reported. Government troops had taken control of Deir Balbah, near Homs, the station reported. An opposition coalition said the troops had executed some 220 residents, who were among at least 392 people killed across the country. The figures are unconfirmed.
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My Comment: I think the Syrian rebel movement figured that out a long time ago. This is a fight to the finish .... the only question that is left is .... will Assad be killed, captured, or will he flee to Iran. My prediction is that he will eventually flee to the Alawite strongholds on the Mediterranean coast, and if the rebels succeed in attacking there, he will either flee to the Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon or flyover Iraq (that still does not have a proper air force) to flee to Iran.