The Syrian Army is wobbling. Bashar al-Assad said as much in an extraordinary speech that was not behind closed doors in which he acknowledged that his army was “tired” which is a curious but diplomatic way of putting it. The best assault forces he has left are the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and the Iran Revolutionary Guard. Neither of those two forces are particularly interested in taking losses fighting for territory that is not vital to defending the Alawite coastal heartland of Latakia and the land linking Damascus airport to Hezbollah-controlled portions of the Syrian- Lebanese border which enables Iran to securely supply Hezbollah. That is why Assad appears not to be contesting so much of Syrian territory that he does not have, from this perspective, strategic value.
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The so-called safe zone in Syria adjacent to its border with Turkey will now conceivably become a no-fly zone protecting Turkish infantryAbdallah Schleifer