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A photo of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen along a street in Homs, May 8, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
Author Semih Idiz
Original Poste Date: May 9, 2014
As the Syrian crisis moves into its third year, it is premature to say that President Bashar al-Assad is winning his war, as he claims. It is, nevertheless, clear he is not losing it. He also has enough confidence to stage sham elections while the bloody civil war still rages, with all its supposedly democratic trappings, including candidates who will run against him.