Syrian anti-government protesters wearing masks in the colours of their national flag hold signs calling for an end to the regime's crackdown and asking Arab countries to intervene in order to protect civilians during a demonstration in the coastal town of Jableh on August 19, 2011 as anti-regime rallies flared across the country after the weekly Friday prayers. AFP IS USING PICTURES FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES AS IT WAS NOT AUTHORISED TO COVER THIS EVENT, THEREFORE IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED
Rebels in Tripoli are continuing their battle with Gadhafi loyalists. The Libyan leader's whereabouts are still unknown but his regime appears to be on its last legs. If Gadhafi is ousted, he would become the third dictator to go since the start of the so called Arab Spring. The big question - will Syrian President Bashar al Assad be next? Here with analysis is Wayne White. He's a former State Department official and an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute.