Reports that the United States and its Arab and Western allies are discussing ways to place high-ranking Syrian defector Brigadier General Manaf Tlass at the center of the political transition reflect a new sense of urgency that has gripped the international community. The possibility that the regime may fall sooner rather than later has focused new attention on the post-Assad battle for Syria and increased pressure to find someone who might provide greater order and stability during what is likely to be a bloody and chaotic transition.
- UN special Annan resigns from Syria mission (foxnews.com)
- When Syria’s Dust Settles, Will Assad Be Replaced by a ‘Junta in a Box’? (world.time.com)