Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters)
Who Are Syria's Friends And Why Are They Supporting Assad? -- Krishnadev Calamur, NPR
While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it's hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the current confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.
Russia and China are almost certain to block that could be used to authorize force against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The two countries, along with Iran, are helping Syria "," in the words of Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Kadri Jamil.
What are the motivations of Syria's friends and what are they likely to do in the face of seemingly imminent Western-led strikes on Syria? Here's a look:
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My Comment: The Syrian regime may not have many friends, but the friends that they do have are major players.