Syria Audio Analysis: A Final Battle for Aleppo? Not Really.

Photo: Aleppo — 6 June 2013 (AP From Aleppo Media Centre)

I spoke this morning with Monocle 24’s The Globalist on a wide range of Syrian issues, beginning with the unsupported “news” — spread by outlets from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights to the regime’s Al-Watan newspaper — of Syrian forces and Hezbollah gathering for an assault on insurgents in Aleppo.

Listen to discussion from 8:39 on The Globalist homepage or in a pop-out window

Knocking back that story led to analysis of the Assad regime’s political and military objectives in its propaganda, of a possible increase in foreign arms supplies for insurgents, and of the current thoughts within the Obama Administration.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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