5 Ways Syria Can Get Even Worse

As Assad's regime teeters on the brink, the Middle East and most of the world know they can't live with the dictator, but living without him may be another nightmare

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25 Jan 2012, Syria --- SYRIA - Al Qsair. A member of Free Syrian Army burns a portrait of Bashar Al Assad in Al Qsair, on January 25, 2012. Al Qsair is a small town of 40000 inhabitants, located 25Km south-west of Homs. The town is besieged since the beginning of November and so far it counts 65 dead.

Israel has fighter-bombers in the air nearly around the clock these days, loitering at 16,000 feet in case a target appears on its northeastern border. What the pilots are waiting for is word that a line of trucks has been seen leaving one of the Syrian military bases known to be chemical- and biological-weapon storehouses for President Bashar Assad's regime. Having canisters of VX gas or ampules of anthrax fall into the hands of, say, Hizballah, is not the only dire possibility gripping the world's attention as the clock ticks down on the rapidly deteriorating Assad government. But of the potential...

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