Syria Violence: Assad Regime Losing Its Grip?

Highest-ranking member of Syrian president's regime defects, joins rebels.
3:00 | 08/14/12

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Now, we turn to the war that still has the world on edge. The latest news from syria where they're trying to take down a dictator president bashir al Today, the highest defector ever spoke out for the first time before taking sides. Here's abc's martha raddatz. Reporter: A serious ball of fire power in the streets today, as assad forces appear to move street to street, leaving dead and wounded in their fasth. But beneath the show of force, the crest only grows. Speaking for the first time since his defection, the former prime minister of syria said assad's control is crumbling. The regime is spiritually and fracturely cracked, riyadh claimed. And it only contains 30% of syrian land. It is not clear that the claims are true, but what is true today, that the u.S. Is not interested in establishing a no-fly zone over the skies of syria, like the one used so effectively to topple moammar gadhafi in lynnia. Libya. And it is no wonder it would be a dangerous mission. Syria has 30 times the surface to land missiles. And its pilots are far more capable. And add to that, syria's population is three times that of libya. This is a country that if we, united states, that is weary, we have fiscal challenges and to get into a middle of a civil war, we just don't see it happening. The u.S. Is providing humanitarian aid and not lethal help. And the officials speculate that eventually assad will fail. March ththa, we want all the viewers to know that you've been chosen to moderate the vice presidential debates between joe biden and paul ryan. Big honor, well deserved. Thank you. Now, we're going to move on

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