|Man in a Desert||
The Turkish Sabah daily reports that CIA Director Leon Panetta secretly visited Ankara for 5 days at the end of March to discuss regional developments. The newspaper reports that discussions between the American and Turkish intelligence services assessed the situation in Libya as a "crisis", while Syria was described as being at a "critical threshold".
The visit, which preceded the beginning of the protests in Syria, predicted that any uprising would be "Sunni" and that if President Assad (whose Alawi background factors prominently in his decision-making according to the report) failed to "take an immediate step towards reforms, then the nation could be drawn into serious internal strife."
Interestingly, the Turks seem to have drawn up plans to offer refuge for President Assad and his family should the regime collapse.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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