Amid carnage of war, Syria set for Assad re-election

Mar 06, 2014, 7:32 AM EST
In a picture released on January 20, 2014, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives an interview to AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus.
AFP/Joseph Eid

After three years of grinding conflict, the destruction of whole city districts and an exodus of refugees all triggered by an uprising against his rule, Bashar al-Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected. The Syrian president has not yet announced whether he will stand for a third term, in defiance of protesters, rebel fighters and Western foes who have demanded he go; but in state-controlled parts of Damascus preparations for his candidacy are unmistakable.
Background:
Amid carnage of war, Syria readies for Assad re-election [Retuers]
With latest victory, Assad has won the war in Syria [The Fiscal Times]