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Publish Date: 11:44 - 14 March 2013
Tehran, YJC. University Professor and international affairs analyst has said that with 2013 the post-Bashar Assad era has begun, the burnt-land-supporters seeming triumphant.

Mehdi Motaharnia in an interview with Mehr News Agency said "The formation of the opposition lead by Ahmad Ma`adh Al-Khatib and its recognition by 130 countries in 2012 paved the way for the initiation of the post-Assad era.”

Motaharnia provided comments on the criticisms directed at Russia among the supporters of Syria as tending rather to preserved Assad than the interests of the nation in the early stages of the crisis and said "With the relative achievements of the opposition Moscow’s policies began gradually to falter."

"It was after the visit to Ankara that the Russians inclined more toward the defense of the Syrian nation than the preservation of Bashar Assad and that they backed down from their conspicuous position in defense of Bashar Assad per se, which lead to a tangential relationship between Iran and Russia on Syria. It was in such a situation that the opposition coalition was form with 130 countries,” he stated.

The university professor believed that it has been at this time that the Syrian war turned into attrition. "In these circumstances the West also resigned to existence in the post-Assad era,” he added.

Motaharnia pointed to his own prediction that by 2013 the post-Assad era would begin and said "Although the post-Bashar Assad era has begun, the post-Bashar Assad government does not yet exist.”

He further asserted that government is the mental element in wielding power, adding "The mental element currently wrung from Bashar Assad’s government does not legitimate the present administration in Syria.”

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