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A bad week for Assad

The video follows the defection of Syrian soldiers, harsh criticism of the regime from former ally Turkey, and insistence from staunch supporter Iran that Assad heed the protesters' demands.

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah, even spoke out, saying the uprising needed to be resolved without further violence.

The Assad regime has made it clear it plans to fight to the end – but that end is coming closer, writes Rami Khouri, an editor at Lebanon's The Daily Star.

In the past week, a steady stream of incidents and signals all add up to strengthen the trend that has pertained for several months now: The regime is increasingly isolated at home and abroad, but remains bunkered down and ready to fight to the end. The exact nature of that end scenario is not clear, but seems imminent now, especially in view of just the past week’s events.

When Syria’s two closest allies in the world – Iran and Hizbullah – publicly acknowledge that the problems in Syria are deep and cannot be resolved by current hard security measures, this is a monumental signal that Syria is in deep trouble.

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