Arab Spring

Assad Admits to Difficulties in Syria

He might face a bit of an up-hill fight


President Bashar Assad said the Syrian regime needs more time to win the civil war in remarks broadcast Wednesday that amounted to an acknowledgement his forces are struggling to contain the rebel challenge.

Over the past few months, the military has increasingly been stretched thin fighting on multiple fronts against rebels seeking to oust Assad's authoritarian regime. His forces have been unable to quell the rebellion as it spread to the capital Damascus with significant clashes that began in July and to Syria's largest city, Aleppo, a few weeks later. At the same time, the military is fighting in a string of other cities and towns around the country.