The killings of three of Bashar Assad’s inner circle could well signal the beginning of the end for the Syrian leader’s regime and trouble for his allies, writes Indira A.R. Lakshmanan in Bloomberg.
Assad’s closest allies, Iran and Russia, would be the likely losers if power shifts to Assad’s rivals. Lebanon, Jordan and Israel would benefit if Syria’s new leadership ceases to provide a conduit for arms and assistance from Iran to terrorist groups in Lebanon and along the Israeli border, such as Hezbollah, officials and analysts said.
Writing in the National Interest, Nikolas K. Gvosdev argues that having made the decision to intervene in Libya’s violence, the Obama administration now has to follow through until the end.
Having become involved in Libyan affairs, however, a version of Colin Powell’s “Pottery Barn” rule now applies. Libya is not “broken,” but the victory of moderates over Islamists—reversing a trend that has been dominant in other elections in the Arab world—means that the United States has a stake in ensuring the success and viability of the Jibril coalition.
Times of Israel: Police in Jerusalem prepare for Ramadan influx
Jerusalem Post: Bulgaria victims laid to rest in funerals across country
New York Times: Israel Is Forced to Rethink Its Regional Strategies
Washington Post: Attack on Israeli tourists prompts fears of escalating ‘shadow war’
Wall Street Journal: Syrians Flee Capital as Regime Hits Back