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  •  Iran and Russia (1+ / 0-)
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    Have been the major players keeping him in power.  Russia, principally with the UNSC veto and material support.  Iran has been providing weapons, personnel, materiel to keep Assad in power.  

    On the other side, the formal opposition hasn't achieved consensus on what happens "After Assad", with differenc sponsors having different visions of endstate.
    US, UK, France  and Turkey support one faction and the Free Syrian Army.  Saudi and Qatar, in different ways, support different, but Islamic sunni factions.  

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