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Syria: A dire situation grows more dire

July 17th, 2013
09:41 AM ET

“The situation is looking more and more dire by the day,” Roula Khalaf, Middle East Editor for the Financial Times, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

She was speaking of Syria, where the U.N. now estimates 5,000 people are killed each month and from which 6,000 refugees flee every day.

“The regime is making gains on the ground,” Khalaf continued. “The whole idea that you make a political solution much more achievable if you alter the balance of power on the ground, we're not seeing that. We're seeing in fact the balance of power being altered in favor of the regime rather than in favor of the rebels.”

Click above to see the full conversation with Roula Khalaf, including why Bashar al-Assad is gleeful about the political chaos in Egypt.


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    The United States is understandably reluctant to get involved beyond a point but it is the only great power that will balance its national interest with a concern for human life. The tragic loss of civilian lives, now over 1,00,000, leaves some other actors unmoved.

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    This conflict has shown that the Arab world is presently more disunited than they were united during the OPEC crisis of the early 70s'. External aggressors and fighters should leave the country and allow the people of Syria solve their problem.

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