But Assad could remain in power at least through the end of the year. For one, there are few places he could flee to without fearing prosecution or assassination. "Assad has very little impetus to do anything but stay there," said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.
Without more foreign pressure and aid, it's unlikely Assad would leave for months or even years, said Ken Pollack, a Mideast expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a member of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.
"The situation has degenerated into a bloody, but potentially very durable stalemate," Pollack said.
Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper in Washington and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.
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