Syria's Confidence is Growing as Rebels Are Backed Down

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By: Samuel Otis

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Syria’s president Assad is weathering the Western waged storm and the regime is now turning the corner.  Syrian soldiers are no longer calling it quits and top Hezbollah fighters are actively helping the administration, according to reports.  The two-year civil war that has killed more than 70,000 people and is stabilizing to the advantage of Syria’s president Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

Lebanese TV is reporting, the president and foreign minister are prognosticating the worse is over.  Offering an image of self-assuredness, and suggesting the military’s offensive would continue regardless of whether a peace possibility exist.

"What is happening now is not a shift in tactic from defense to attack, but rather a shift in the balance of power in favor of the armed forces," Assad said of his troops' recent battleground successes.

Analysts on the ground in Syria say that Assad’s forces are fighting with a renewed sense of urgency and continue to recapture areas that had long fallen to Western supported rebels. 

Politically, Assad can still count on the support of his Russian and Iranian allies — and the growing disarray of the Western-backed Syrian opposition.

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