The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad meets with the commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Major General Suheil Al-Hassan in the Idlib province town of Al-Hobeit.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – In article penned on OZY, ex-CIA director John McLaughlin argues that Syria is reaching its end game after nine years of conflict between multiple parties, including the government and opposition factions.

According to the author, “Syria’s Assad has won — at least military,” pointing to the fact that the Syrian Armed Forces have managed to retake most of the country.

“Of the regional leaders who inspired violent domestic protests, Assad is the only one left in power (aside from the Bahrain monarchy that survived a brief protest with Saudi protection),” the author argues, adding that “Assad owes his survival to Russia and Iran, which brought significant ground and air forces to his rescue.”

In regards to the future of Syria, McLaughlin says that while Assad may have won the war, he is a leader with “no legitimacy.”

“But with 400,000 Syrians killed, 5.7 million having fled the country, and 6.1 million internally displaced, Assad emerges as a ruler with no legitimacy — and one with little claim on international assistance for reconstruction,” he added.

While the author concedes Assad may have won militarily, he argues that former U.S. President Barack Obama’s hesitancy to be more engaged in Syria and current President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the country has led to Washington’s failure to influence the future of the conflict.

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Andrew Joyce
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Andrew Joyce
2020-03-12 23:45

Having been elected by the Syrian people, Bashar Al Assad is the legitimate leader of Syria. These arrogant Americans cannot accept truth.

jimbim
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jimbim
2020-03-12 22:23

In regards to the future of Syria, McLaughlin says that while Assad may have won the war, he is a leader with “no legitimacy.”
McLaughlin has “no legitimacy”

rabbi drewzif
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rabbi drewzif
2020-03-12 22:17

That’s right the US and Israeli sanctioned proxy terrorists have been soundly beaten.
The phony war on terrorism (oxymoron) has backfired, with the 2 biggest terrorist regimes about to receive their comeuppance.The age of Israel is over !!

Tartus 69
Tartus 69
2020-03-13 06:04

Like all ex CIA he uses old data! millions have returned to their cities and towns and over 1.5 million have returned from other nations much has been already restored with many more millions to return in years to come. So the numbers he quoted can indeed be halved. As for Assads legitimacy two supervised elections have been held since the US/NATO proxy terrorists from over 80 nations invaded Syria nine years ago. With Assad enjoying 80% support of his people. Also John counts all the illegal Ork invaders as Syrians which they are not most of these are in… Read more »

JIMI JAMES
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JIMI JAMES
2020-03-13 08:01

These soros sponsored incest spawn luciferian neo-retards are the abonimnation of society,along with their covert cia/socialist/neo-liberal/nazi/facist/tyranny sect are prominent toward christian orthodox and muslim genocides,trying to curn one with the other for the sake of baby blood drinketh eternal youth as they belive,honestly they are very sick if not very mislead,lost patriots whoms comfort only lies withing the realm of only just that,but What these nwo/low iq sepulchers don’t realise is that will come the day where retribution will hit them harder than they ever dared to imagine and their 21 genders decimated to oblivion,these are very vile and utter… Read more »

Hunderson
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2020-03-13 03:59

They invaded Iraq a foreign country, killed a million and displaced millions, have military bases all over,
looting the country’s resources and they consider themselves the de-facto authoritative judge of legitimacy. Does it make sense to you.

JOE YOUSEF
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JOE YOUSEF
2020-03-14 12:21

Aren’t these the same people that told the world Sadam Husein had WMD? I rest my case.

slavonac
slavonac
2020-03-13 00:26

No more or less legitimacy then your pretend-democracy “leaders”

Jaime
Jaime
2020-03-13 05:06

McLaughlin makes me laugh.

aaron Holmes
aaron Holmes
2020-03-13 05:34

Assad doesn’t need legitimacy. History is written by the victors.

ian
ian
2020-03-13 18:39

Says the latest representative of evil in the world.

Sony321@gmail.com je
2020-03-13 07:44

Only Jews can tell about other legitimacy after the Great Israel plan fail. Part of Syria should be a part of Israel.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-12 23:12

No more legitimacy than all other MENA regimes since those not having absolute monarchies are dictatorships even if there are some forms of elections since elections are rigged. Like it or not, the only MENA country which’s leaders have legitimacy is Israel. I must say I know about another John McLaughlin with much greater legitimacy than this one. This one is a living legend in Jazz who revolutioned electric guitar as he’s the inventor of “shreddiing”. Another John McLaughlin is the crooked senator played by Robert De Niro in Robert Rodriguez “Machete” movie 😉 Now, in order to unlock international… Read more »

Tartus 69
Tartus 69
2020-03-13 06:31
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What a load of bollocks! You spawn BS for breakfast 300% debt!!! 350 million unemployed!!!! What nonsense! Syria needs a Marshall style IMF plan like a hole in the head what a insult! To suggest Syria prostitutes itself to the evil empire….no thanks.Irrespective of Covid-19 Syria will get plenty of help from China Russia and India i left Iran out for the moment for obvious reasons.Also Syria is not looking for money persay but construction assistance materials etc naturally this will be on a part payment only basis with the greater part being gifted.So your very misguided to suggest such… Read more »

allan w massey
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allan w massey
2020-03-13 20:07
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

dream on then wake up

OziGooner
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2020-03-13 21:51
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Says you who waves his little Jewish toilet paper in his hand with blue scribbles on it….Israel is the cancer in the ME. Fact.