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Why should Syria’s Assad fear events in North Africa?

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17.04.2019

Until recently, Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad was seen as the dictator who succeeded in stopping the domino effect of Arab revolutions, which started from Tunisia at the end of 2010 and subsequently spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Iraq. The regime did not hesitate to use all means necessary to stop the Syrian revolution and prevent its overthrow, including the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs, as well as resorting to the use of sectarian militias and foreign armies.

The results were overwhelming. Most of Syria’s infrastructure has been destroyed, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, and millions of people have either become refugees or displaced persons. Demographic engineering has been carried out on a large-scale across Syria and the country has lost its strategic facilities to Russia and Iran. The situation in Syria has been used as a scarecrow by other Arab regimes to intimidate their people and caution them against revolt, lest they suffer the fate of millions of Syrians.

While these countries helped, and indeed continue to help, Al-Assad expand his control........

© Middle East Monitor