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Syria’s victory in Yabrud may be game changer

At least for now, the recapture of Yabrud by Syrian government forces appears to have tilted the military and political balance in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Damages are seen on a street at Yabroud town in Damascus countryside March 20, 2014, after soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad took control of it from the rebel fighters. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3HYPI
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How will the fall of Yabrud into the hands of the regime reflect on the course of events in Syria? This is a question raised by all of the concerned parties and observers of the conflict in Syria, where the unrest has been ongoing for three years now. The army’s control of the most important stronghold of its opponents in the region northwest of the capital is bound to have repercussions on the ground, as well as political repercussions on the discussion tables aimed at finding solutions to the crisis.

First, at the military level, any observer of the violent path of the armed conflict can anticipate the series of steps lying in store. The fall of Yabrud is bound to lead to several changes in the balance of power in the geographic scope surrounding what is considered to be the capital of the Syrian Qalamoun region.

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