Syria: Territorial Disintegration Looms As Conflict Enters New Stage

Syrian President Bashar al-Asad’s admission this week that his troops had lost territory to rebel forces and that his generals had to redeploy men to defend areas deemed to be politically and militarily more important, could well be a game changer, possibly heralding the break-up of Syria into ethnic and religious entities.

His announcement to a group of local dignitaries on 26 July of this turning of the...