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In Syria, COVID-19 and Economic Woes Will Dampen Damascus' Ambitions

Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Jul 21, 2020 | 09:30 GMT
A rally in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on June 11, 2020, at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria.

A rally in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on June 11, 2020, at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria.

(Louai Beshara/AFP)

Economic and health crises have undercut Damascus' appetite for new major military offensives by creating dissent in previously secure territory. This suggests the al Assad government will attempt to consolidate power within loyalist territories before renewing efforts to eliminate Turkish and American influence....

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