Explainer: Foreign powers obstruct more Assad gains in Syria

Explainer: Foreign powers obstruct more Assad gains in SyriaBy Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s war is reaching a point where President Bashar al-Assad will not be able to win back much more territory without risking conflicts with foreign powers that have sent military forces to the country. The expected conquest of eastern Ghouta will be another milestone in Assad’s effort to crush the rebellion as the war enters its eighth year with Russia and Iran still firmly behind him. Assad’s foreign enemies have condemned the assault but failed to stop it, as was seen in Homs, Aleppo and other areas where pro-government forces crushed outgunned rebels.



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