January 22, 2014 6:00 AM

Many Syrians still see Assad as indispensable in saving their country

With mourners bearing Ibrahim Yeya Issa’s flag-draped coffin proclaiming their readiness to die for President Bashar Assad like the dead soldier they were carrying, the procession through this Mediterranean port city was as much an affirmation of fealty to the Syrian leader as it was an outpouring of grief for the fallen.

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