Syria’s Assad facing increased pressure from external forces

It has been 15 months since Syrians launched an effort to force President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power with little progress toward a resolution. The inability of United Nations monitors to secure the situation, Britain is considering sending officers to Syria to increase pressure on Assad.

This comes as students at Aleppo University staged what are being seen as the largest student protest since the uprising began.

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, an Independent, is calling for the United States to take steps to increase pressure on the Assad regime. Given Syria’s possession of chemical weapons, Lieberman asserts that “stopping Syria’s slide into civil war and anarchy is not just a mission of mercy but also an imperative for U.S. national security.”

He supports an increase in “efforts to provide the Syrian opposition with the means to defend themselves against Assad, so that it becomes clear he cannot win on the battlefield and must seek a negotiated exit” and begin talks “with our partners about a campaign of airstrikes to disrupt Assad’s command over his forces.”

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