• In Le Figaro, Georges Malbrunot wonders why the Syrian regime is holding out. And the author himself is bound to acknowledge that President al-Assad not only continues to enjoy the support of the majority of his compatriots, but that fear of the Islamists has brought him even further support.

• The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports about the skirmish at sea between a German vessel and Syrian speedboats.

Jane’s Defence Weekly faithfully relays the views of NATO, but notes that, with support from Russia, President al-Assad is becoming more challenging.

• According to Sami Moubayed (Gulf News), President al-Assad’s strategy is prompted by Russia. He is about to modify the constitution to put an end to Baath monopoly, and he will soon appoint a new government comprising opposition figures.

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