|Syrian security forces stand guard outside a government building|
The problem for the Assad regime is that its forces are starting to be spread too thinly around Syria. As a result, the resistance has started to make inroads into Damascus where they have launched hit and run attacks against army and security checkpoints. According to the Reuters article:
The instability could spiral into full-fledged urban warfare, opening a new front for already stretched troops and increasing sectarian tension between Sunni inhabitants and Assad's minority Alawite sect, concentrated in hilltop enclaves overlooking the city of 3 million.The violent crackdown by the Assad forces has started to turn the largely even the previously pro-Assad middle class in Damascus against the Assad regime. Here is the full Reuters article.