A day after the assassinations of members of Assad’s crises cell, I had the opportunity to talk to Celeste Headlee on The Takeaway on the implications of the offensive in Damascus.
Key points from the discussion:
- This is a major blow to the regime at strikes at confidence in regime’s ability to control capital and the country
- Is the country now in disarray? It’s important to note the nation has been in chaos over the past 16 months due to the regime’s response to popular sentiment
- The “opposition” has been preparing for the day after, and areas of the country are being run from the ground, up
- Diplomatic efforts are largely irrelevant and tool to buy time to prop up Assad regime – this includes the Annan plan which is largely mocked by revolutionaries on ground as a toothless initiative