Poor Syria. The Assad regime continues to hold the western part of the country, thanks to aid from Russia and Iran.
But the anti-regime fighters are divided, and a radical Islamist victory is not a welcome outcome.
Meanwhile there are hundreds of thousands of exiles in border camps of Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, a huge problem that is yet to be met.
The Assad rule is Shiite-related and the opposition has Sunni bases as well as pro-Islamic roots.