With the ISIS caliphate totally crushed and wiped out of Syria, strongman Bashar Assad is using all techniques necessary to re-consolidate control over his war-torn nation, aiming civilian infrastructure within rebel-held territory.
During the whole of March, the Assad regime has aimed a school, a hospital, a bakery, and other medical facilities in its barbarous endeavor to take back control of Idlib Province, the last rebel bastion of the Syrian opposition.
Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International stated that eight years into the crisis, the Syrian government continues to display sheer indifference for the laws of war and the lives of civilians.
The continuing onslaught in Idlib fit the same style they have seen before, in Aleppo, Daraa, Damascus Countryside, by which Syrian government forces attacked hospitals, emergency responders, medical facilities, schools, bakeries, leaving people with no alternatives but to escape.
Assad has imperatively won the civil war which erupted in 2011. While his autocratic rule was once intimidated, he is making efforts to restore himself as a world leader on the international platform.
Formerly opposed to Assad, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and other regional actors acknowledged the obvious reality on the battlefield that Assad is triumphant and there is no possibility of a rebel victory.
The UAE, once a major enemy of Assad that requested his removal, declared in December that it would renew ties with Damascus and reopened its embassy. Bahrain also continued diplomatic relations the same month.
Assad’s main supporters, Iran and Russia, will probably certify that Syria accepts the necessary post-conflict reconstruction finance to secure the nation while also increasing their impact in post-civil war Syria. The finance for reconstruction of Syria is presumed at $400 billion.
Assad has made it apparent that he does not want to enforce any political reforms to curtail his hold on power.