Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was active in bringing together what now amounts to the 60 nation "Friends of Syria". This group is currently moving forward in opposition to the Assad Regime. They call in the most part for an end to that regime. But we remember that Assad still has friends in the region; Russia and China are not ready to support regime change from outside forces. The key players in Syria are the U.S., Israel, Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Arab League. At this time, France and Britain are somewhat less involved.
Speaking from Beirut, Syrian President Assad asserts his determination to go on fighting, in his words, foreign backed terrorism, "The Syrian people, who have in the past managed to crush foreign plots, ... have again proven their ability to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms while confronting foreign-backed terrorism."