|Location of Homs in Syria and map of city|
|Destroyed buildings in Homs|
Rebel fighters have mourned the loss of Homs, eulogizing it as the capitol of the revolution, while government spokesmen claim that it will allow peace and rebuilding in a war torn area.
The Rebels' loss of Homs adds to growing momentum by government forces ahead of the upcoming elections. While March legislative reforms technically allow for multi-candidate elections, and Bashar al-Assad will face 2 challengers, international observers are highly critical of the electoral process and do not expect it to be fair or democratic. No opposition figures were allowed to participate in the election, and there is no indication that opposition demands will be met as a result of the electoral process.
My forecast: This was a victory for the government, but a small one. The war will continue to drag on. Iran and Saudi Arabia aren't done with their proxy slugfest yet.