Warnings of ‘Domino Effect’ Follow the Forced Evacuation of Daraya

One of the most immediate implications felt from Daraya’s fall is that it has heightened Assad’s confidence that the Syrian government can successfully regain all rebel-controlled land, as the capture of Daraya will likely have a domino effect. Daraya’s siege has upset the opposition effort, while “encouraging the army to believe it was in reach of subduing rebel bastions,” according to Reuters.

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Assad Blames West in Interview with Russian Media

Syria continues to fill the headlines this week amidst an advancement in political discussion surrounding Syria’s conflict. In an intimate interview with Russian media, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke out about his opinions concerning the refugee crisis that is currently plaguing Europe, and his willingness to work with other states towards ending the terrorism that continues to plague his country.

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