For complicated reasons, Syria's civil war continues to drag on
What You May Have Missed
By Rajan Menon
For the Los Angeles Times
Published: Friday, Jan. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
After 22 months of civil war, in which an estimated 60,000 people have died, Syrian President Bashar Assad gave a defiant speech Sunday that ruled out negotiations with rebel fighters and made clear that he intends to remain in power as long as possible. Assad's words came as no great surprise.