* Regime will fall in matter of weeks or months-SNC head
* Damascus bombing "a turning point"
* SNC is prepared to run the country if Assad falls
By Regan Doherty
DOHA, July 18 A suicide bombing that killed
three of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's top military
officials on Wednesday will speed the end of the uprising
against him, the head of the opposition Syrian National Council
said on Wednesday.
"This is the final phase. They will fall very soon,"
Abdelbasset Seida told Reuters in an interview in the Qatari
capital Doha. "Today is a turning point in Syria's history. It
will put more pressure on the regime and bring an end very soon,
a matter of weeks or months."
The bomb killed Assad's powerful brother-in-law, the defence
minister and a top general, bringing the battle to the heart of
Assad's powerbase and sparking fighting across Damascus.
"The regime is very weak at the moment. They are confused.
This is the final phase. They will fall very soon. If you look
at the economic situation, it is a matter of months until they
will not be able to pay salaries," said Seida.
Seida said he did not share fears among some Western leaders
that Assad's fall would enflame sectarian conflict in the
country and destabilise Syria's neighbours - Israel, Lebanon,
Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.
"We've been preparing for the end of the Assad regime for a
long time. Our aim is to reach that phase with minimal losses.
We have plans on the economic, administrative and social levels,
and we are certain we can do it," he said.