Trouble Ahead for Assad

An Israeli military expert has predicted tough times ahead for Syria’s Assad:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be ousted from power as his regime fractures under immense political pressure, the head of Israel’s military intelligence said in an interview published Friday.

“His regime’s stability is in great danger today, more than in the past. The economic problems will get worse” following Syria’s troop pullout from Lebanon, Aharon Zeevi said in the newspaper Yediot Aharonot.


“He has problems with the Americans because of terrorists infiltrating from Syria into Iraq, water problems with Turkey, and an argument over territory that he should have transferred to Jordan.

“He is seen as a weak leader. I’m not sure that Bashar has the strength or talent to make a decision … If he does not show leadership, Bashar could certainly become a victim of circumstances,” Zeevi said in the interview.

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