“I only pray that you will convince the president to take this an opportunity to exit without having to face charges. The region needs to stabilise, but not more than you need peace of mind. I am sure you have many places to turn to, including Doha.”

an email purportedly sent by Mayassa al-Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar, to Asma Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The message, dated January 30th, is among a cache of private correspondence published on Wednesday by the Guardian. See TIME’s latest Syria coverage here.

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