Analysis With Russian Backing, Assad Understands That He Can Do Whatever He Wants

Even if the U.S. carries out another punitive attack at this time, Assad knows that he can do almost anything he feels like, with Russian backing, and that the Americans are on their way out

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One cannot ignore the strategic context in which the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad carried out the chemical attack on the rebel enclave in the Douma area in the Damascus suburbs on Saturday night....