• Writing in Le Figaro Sahman Shaikh of the Brookings Institution hopes to persuade Russian leaders to abandon their strategic interests in Syria in exchange for economic compensation.

• Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak predicted the imminent fall of Bashar al-Assad before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Knesset. The Jerusalem Post also reports that he raised the specter of Syrian chemical weapons spreading throughout the region in case the regime were to fall. Now, the country is insufficiently equipped to deal with chemical attacks.

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