Letter from Beirut

The tide turns

Print edition : June 27, 2014

Syrians feed pigeons in a Damascus square where giant election campaign billboards bearing portraits of President Bashar al-Assad are displayed. Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP

A rebel fighter fires a machine gun mounted on a pickup towards forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's north-western Latakia province on May 31. Photo: ALAA KHWELED/REUTERS

Even as the Syrian Army beats back the rebels in key areas, the massive turnout in support of Assad in the presidential election drives home the point that Syrians are sick of the war that has destroyed their country.
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