NIEUWS - De vooruitzichten voor de Syrische opstandelingen zijn ernstig verslechterd, aldus een analyse van de Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND):
[T]he BND now believes the Syrian military of autocrat Bashar Assad is more stable than it has been in a long time and is capable of undertaking successful operations against rebel units at will. […]
The BND does not believe that Assad’s military is strong enough to defeat the rebels, but it can do enough to improve its position in the current stalemate. […]
[G]overnment troops could retake the entire southern half of the country by the end of 2013. That would leave only the north for insurgent fighters, where Kurdish rebels have tight control over their areas.