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The CIA thinks Bashar al-Assad isn't going anywhere

Members of the intelligence community say the ongoing conflict has no end in sight.

Despite major defections and an increasing tough and brutal resistance, intelligence officials in the United States say that Syria's government is unlikely to fall anytime soon. A report from Reuters quotes members of the intelligence community who say that Bashar al-Assad's inner circle is showing no signs of cracking, and without a wide international consensus to intervene militarily — a consensus that does not exist — the ongoing conflict has no end in sight. 
 
Officials also describe the war as a "see-saw" battle with rebel forces gaining strength and improving tactics, only to see the military escalate the size and intensity of it own response, with neither side maintaining a decisive edge. 

Read more at The Atlantic Wire.