Syrian massacre could change course of civil war
The recent violence in Syria, particularly the brutal deaths of children in a bombing raid, is likely to impact the direction and ferocity of the Syrian crisis. In the wake of the attack on the town of Houla as many as 3,000 protesters took to the streets to express their outrage.
“Internationally, the atrocity, if confirmed in detail, will increase pressure for foreign support for the insurgency and tighter sanctions on Syria. Weapons from Saudi Arabia are now reportedly reaching the rebels and their degree of co-ordination in the fighting at Rastan is greater than a few months ago,” writes Patrick Cockburn in the London’s Independent.
The New York Times reports the Obama administration is pursuing a plan to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power that is reminiscent of the power transfer which occurred in Yemen. However, the plan relies on cooperation from Russia, which places a pall over the plan’s potential success.
Obama is set to discuss the plan with Russian President Vladmir Putin during a meeting next month.