|The last chapter of the Syrian conflict||
The unrest in Syria is no longer simply a political dilemma; many see it as a security and military problem. A political solution seems all the more unlikely with such a chaotic situation, when bloody battles between the rebels and the government remain ongoing.
In the days leading up to the holy month of Ramadan, the two sides used everything at their disposal to land a final blow to the other side. The rebels seem to have begun a new stage in their fight against the government, clearly demonstrated by their operations in Damascus where governmental and military buildings were targeted. The Western media cheered on the rebels’ aggression with a view to weakening the Syrian government and precipitating its collapse.
Ramadan will be a decisive time for Syria. The rebels will focus their efforts on the capital, much like in Libya, where the rebels tried gradually find their way to the heart of government.
The government of Bashar al-Assad has denied the outbreak of civil war. This is true because Assad is still in power and has a good level of control of many parts of the country. However, the recent bombings and pitched battles in Damascus open a new chapter in the conflict, one which will sweep quickly to the end of the story.
Hassan Hanizadeh is a political analyst and an expert on Middle Eastern issues based in Tehran.
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