Reuters: Obama offers bleak assessment of situation in Syria
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that chaos in Syria could persist for "quite some time" and that Russian and Iranian support for President Bashar al-Assad's air campaign had emboldened the Syrian leader's crackdown on rebels.
"I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria," Obama said at a news conference in Lima at the conclusion of a summit with leaders of Pacific Rim countries.
"Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Assad and a brutal air campaign and essentially a pacification of Aleppo regardless of civilian casualties, children being killed or wounded, schools or hospitals being destroyed, then it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time," he said.
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Update #1: Obama 'not optimistic' on Syria as Aleppo pummelled -- AFP
Update #2: Obama Says ‘Short-Term’ Prognosis for Syrian Civil War Is Poor -- Bloomberg
WNU Editor: I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in the Middle East let alone Syria.