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July 19th, 2012
08:21 AM ET

Syria reaching a turning point? Barbara Starr on why the US admin. says Al-Assad faces faces 'fight or flight' decision

From CNN's Security Clearance blog:

The killing of three top officials by an explosion on Wednesday has left Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a "decision point," a senior U.S. official told CNN.

"From an intelligence point of view the regime has to decide: fight or flight," the senior official said.

Another senior official from the Middle East region underscored that assessment, telling CNN the attacks indicate "strong cracks in the regime."

"This is a potential tipping point," the Middle East official said.

The nature of the violence and the proximity to al-Assad's inner circle of power is causing the increased concern from American government officials in the last few days, the American source said. A second senior U.S. official concurred with that assessment.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Barbara Starr on why a senior administration official says Al-Assad faces 'fight or flight' decision.


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