Syria 'friends' to pay salaries of rebels fighting Assad
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations are setting up a fund to pay members of the Free Syrian Army as part of a larger international commitment.
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So far international efforts have focused primarily on sanctions with additional limited support to Syria. It remains difficult to tell just how such efforts have affected Mr. Assad’s government. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that sanctions are beginning to have an effect, but in an interview with CNN Rep. Mike Rogers, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, cited US intelligence reports that he said shows Assad’s regime is not “crumbling.”Skip to next paragraph
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“Remember, they're having a lot of victory supported by external forces like Iran, like Russia. So they, in their minds, they – this is all a zero-sum game for them. They realize that,” said Rep. Rogers on CNN. “They believe that they're winning ... we certainly believe that, through intelligence collection, they believe they're winning this.”
The Syrian government has publicly taken a confident stance about their progress against rebel fighters. Al Arabiya reports that Jihad al Makdissi, foreign ministry spokesman, announced on Syrian state TV that, “The battle to topple the state is over.”
As for the recent meeting and international pledges of support, the Syrian government has largely ignored them, calling the meeting a failure, reports Agence France-Presse. On Monday, government troops continued their military assault on rebels in the north of Syria.
"Nobody wants to let Bashar al-Assad use any kind of diplomatic initiative to basically run the clock out and let him continue to butcher his own people," said a senior US official. "At some point, we're going to have to talk about the other steps if he doesn't do what he says he's going to do."
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