Nizar Mohamad is a freelance Middle East analyst based in Toronto, Canada, who specializes in Syrian politics and security. He has previously written for The New Arab and Mondoweiss, in addition to working on Canada’s Syrian refugee project.
The public rebuke of Putin by the regime hardliners sends a stern signal to Moscow that even the thought of removing Assad will prompt fierce resistance from his diehard loyalists.
Assad can face a future where he has no card left to play.
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