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Syria’s civil war is 10 years old—but still Bashar al-Assad survives

Assad can claim victory over a shattered nation. But for how long?

By David Lesch  

The Syrian leader has for all intents and purposes won the civil war. Photo: ITAR-TASS News Agency / Alamy Stock Photo

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad confounded the early commentators on his country’s now decade-long civil war by simply surviving. And not only has he survived, but he and his government for all intents and purposes have won. The Syrian opposition only holds the province of Idlib, and is only doing so by the grace of Turkish support. The northeast, a mostly Kurdish portion of the country, is still largely under the control of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the United States. But with Russian mediation it is likely that the SDF will soon come to an accommodation…

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