UN Envoy Warns Syria Could Become Another Somalia

If civil war continues


The U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria warned Tuesday that the country could become another Somalia—where al-Qaida-linked militants and warlords battled for decades after the ouster of a dictator—if the civil war is not ended soon.

Battles between regime forces and Syrian rebels left more than 140 people dead across Syria on Tuesday, while the brother of Syria's parliament speaker was gunned down in Damascus—the latest victim of a wave of assassinations targeting high-ranking supporters of President Bashar Assad's regime.