In case of Assad, a proof of life is no longer sufficient to make him relevant. Indeed, there is a difference between being “calm under fire” and being “disconnected from reality,” while Assad attempt to project the former image, his actions indicates that, at heart, he fits the latter mold. More importantly, both the revolution and the crackdown will proceed irrespective of his presence or absence. There is no longer any need for an exit strategy for a man who has imperceptibly exited the scene.
* Bashar Al-Assad has reportedly given an exclusive interview to a Turkish channel that will be aired this Friday, this is the promotional clip that the channel is currently airing http://youtu.be/_L4n3edvQYA In it, Assad is commenting on the assassination of Sheikh Ramadan Al-Bouti, saying that he was a key figure in combating the sectarianism of the rebels and that he was not the only religious figure to be assassinated by them.
Damascus City: the pounding of Jobar Neighborhood continues http://youtu.be/xPFKSs38ZnE , http://youtu.be/JierDtw81aU , http://youtu.be/mec4CyRFZbM And Yarmouk Camp http://youtu.be/9xExxT7O9jQ Tadamon http://youtu.be/esz5xCDvHz4 , http://youtu.be/binCBlXmdB4 Assaly http://youtu.be/G8KwR-caing , http://youtu.be/SE6afY-friQ
MiGs take part in bombing Eastern Ghouta: Saqba http://youtu.be/5ZQ4cjONwvA , http://youtu.be/gh9ufLDvBw4
To the west, the suburb of Daraya comes under fire http://youtu.be/gh9ufLDvBw4 Tanks continue to operate at the outskirts of the suburb http://youtu.be/zWiEU1Fr9bk
Homs City: the pounding of rebel strongholds continues http://youtu.be/K4TNPCQ6E9s , http://youtu.be/FpbXvcVF6-4
Scenes from rebel operations around Raqqa City http://youtu.be/xwbi3wLLNhU , http://youtu.be/ERwD5ahHN6M Operations near Tabqa City in Raqqa province http://youtu.be/hPtDZx3OVm4 But as this 6-minute tour of the city of Raqqa shows, life is very much back to normal there and rebels groups do not seem to maintain any overt presence there http://youtu.be/lyKJkpSE1G8