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Friday August 03, 2012

The Shifting Roles of Players in the Syrian Conflict

Posted by Omar Baddar at 10:08 am

As the bloodshed continues in Syria, mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who has not been seen in public since the bombing that killed several key members of his inner circle. The only “personal” communication we’ve seen from Assad was a message he sent on Wednesday to his troops noting that “The fate of our people and our nation, past, present and future, depends on this battle.”

Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan has decided not to seek reappointment when his mandate expires at the end of this month, and UN officials have begun the search for his replacement.

This week also brought new developments in US support to the Syrian opposition, including a public State Department statement pledging an additional $12 million in humanitarian assistance, and a report by Reuters detailing secret support from President Obama to armed Syrian opposition groups.

Al-Jazeera has introduced a very useful interactive tool that helps you track the latest defections and eliminations of members of the Assad regime. The percentage of red dots indicating defections in the “Senior Military and Security Officials” circle is particularly noteworthy, exposing what might be the regime’s most vulnerable spot. Check it out.

Tagged as Issues, Arab Spring, Syria, Posted by Omar Baddar

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