Former Syrian PM: Assad regime collapsing
The Syrian regime is on the brink of collapse, according to the former prime minister who defected to Jordan last week.
Speaking at a press conference in Amman, Riad Hijab said the government was "collapsing morally, financially, economically and militarily".
Mr Hijab, who was appointed by Assad last June, claimed the regime had lost control of two-thirds of the country, and labelled the president an "enemy of God".
He also spoke of his wish not to hold a position in a free Syrian government, adding: "I have no desire to hold any post or position, either today or in the future, in a free Syria, which I see coming soon. I consider myself a soldier in the path of righteousness, to serve people, to serve my conscience, and be loyal to a nation that gave a great deal to us."
As fighting continues in rebel strongholds, the US, Britain and France are facing a struggle to retain their influence with Syrian opposition groups. There are fears that most support from the Gulf states has been diverted towards extremist Islamist groups.
Washington, London and Paris now agree that efforts to encourage a unified opposition around the exile-led Syrian National Council have failed, and are seeking to cultivate more direct links with internal Syrian groups.