Syria: Three Questions for a Regime Under Fire
The bomb attack that has killed Syria’s defence minister and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law is by far the most serious blow the Syrian regime has suffered since the rebellion began sixteen months ago.
Most security experts and Syria watchers do not believe it spells the immediate end of President Assad. He will fight on, knowing he retains considerable military force to throw at the rebellion.
But today’s events prompt three big questions that will gradually come to be answered in the days and weeks ahead.
First, what will the impact of these killings be on the Assad regime’s military operations on the ground?