The killing of Qassem Soleimani was a monumental blow to the country’s regional ambitions. It could be about to go back to basics in its response.
The rebuilding of monuments honoring Bashar al-Assad’s family taunts the opposition he brutally crushed.
The newly released lists of the Assad regime’s victims serve as a macabre reminder for all those who rose up against him.
And his people suffer the consequences
The problem is that few want to fight for him.
Syria's Alawite community have been a key source of support for the regime. But even they could turn on him.
Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan has won over Putin and played a central role in the assault on eastern Ghouta.
The recent flare-up with Israel gives Tehran and its Shiite allies a chance to further entrench their dominance.