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Momentum Shifts Toward Syria's Assad as Election Nears

From his base in Damascus, Bashar al-Assad can contemplate a broad sweep of Syria clawed back from rebels who once threatened to drive him out. The capital, which they targeted, is now plastered with posters inviting Syrians to re-elect him president.   Powerful foreign allies have helped Assad hold or retake a chain of cities that form the north-south backbone of the country, keep his grip on the Mediterranean coast to the west and restore control over the Lebanese border. The...

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