August 31, 2023

Protesters Damage Syrian President's Headquarters

It was quite a scene.

See for yourself:

"In a scene that once would have been unthinkable in the Druze stronghold, protesters kicked members of Assad’s Baath party out of some of their offices, welded the doors shut, and spray-painted anti-government slogans on the walls," the Associated Press.

"The protests have rattled the Assad government but don’t seem to pose an existential threat. They come at a time when government forces have consolidated control over most of the country. Meanwhile, Damascus has returned to the Arab fold and restored ties with most governments in the region," it added.

The vandalism is part of a larger series of protests breaking out across Syria in recent days.

"A spate of protests and strikes across government-held areas in southern Syria have continued into their second week, with demonstrators increasingly unafraid to call for the removal of the president, Bashar al-Assad," the Guardian reported.

"Protesters gathered in the southern city of Suwayda on Monday, closing provincial roads. The province of Suwayda has remained under government control since Syria’s 2011 uprising and is home to much of the country’s Druze minority," it continued.

The issue is also of significance for Americans, as units of U.S. military personnel continue to operate in the area in an effort to oppose ISIS operations.

Syria is also influenced by Iran which has pushed proxy groups within the country to operate against Israel, a close ally of the U.S.

The situation continues to grow with America potentially getting more involved in yet another international conflict under the Biden administration.

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