December 21, 2012
Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorial regime will soon be no more, says a former defense intelligence analyst who has been closely monitoring the violence in Syria.
“In my mind, the regime’s forces could collapse at any time now,” Jeffrey White, a 34-year veteran of the Defense Intelligence Agency who now serves as a defense fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Thursday at a panel discussion on Syria organized by his think tank.
“So how long does the regime got? In my view, at best, a few months, more likely some weeks, you know, a few weeks.”
Since the uprising against Assad’s regime began 21 months ago, the bloody and often brutal conflict is believed to have claimed the lives of tens of thousands civilians and combatants. But the rebel forces have now gained momentum, and the Assad regime is in a perilous position, White said during his presentation.
“In my mind, the likely prospects are for the regime’s position to deteriorate further, perhaps dramatically, in the weeks ahead, unless there’s some major change by the regime in its approach to the war,” White said.
This article was posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:42 am