The Obama administration has for now abandoned efforts for a diplomatic settlement to the conflict in Syria, and instead it is increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down the government of President Bashar Assad, The New York Times
reported Sunday, July 22. Administration officials have been in talks with officials in Turkey and Israel over how to manage a Syrian government collapse.
The White House is now holding daily high-level meetings to discuss a broad range of contingency plans — including safeguarding Syria’s vast chemical weapons arsenal and sending explicit warnings to both warring sides to avert mass atrocities
— in a sign of the escalating seriousness of the Syrian crisis following a week of intensified fighting in Damascus and the killing of Assad’s key security aides in a bombing attack.