Skip to comments.The End for Assad? High Ranking Officers Desert, Join Rebels
Posted on 07/31/2011 12:08:15 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
A Syrian Major-General has deserted Assad's army along with a group of other officers and joined the rebels.
In an Arabic video clip posted on Youtube on July 29, 2011, the officer, Major-General Riad El As'ad is seen in the company of other officers, announcing the establishment of the "Free Syrian Army whose main goal will be to fight the army of oppression headed by President Bashar Assad".
As'ad accused the Assad regime of crimes against the Syrian people and called on the officers and soldiers in the Syrian army not to aim their weapons at the people. He further called on them to join the Free Syrian Army.
The major-general warned that the Free Army will eliminate any soldier who acts to harm his own people. The present army commanders do not represent the army, he continued, they are acting for the criminal gang that controls the media and prevents the people from obtaining truthful information on what is happening.
In recent weks, a large number of officers and soldiers have deserted the regular Syrian army. In once instance, there was a mutiny and over ten of the soldiers participating were shot and killed. Assad continues to control the country, but the violent protest against him goes on and has even reached the outskirts of Damascus. Tension is high between the Alawites, the minority Shite sect to which Assad belongs that controls the country, and the majority Sunni sect which is 70% of the Syrian population.
The former Vice President of Syria, Abd Al-Halim Khaddam, Assad's bitter enemy, speaking from France, opined that Assad will fall only if the army disintegrates. That disintegration may have begun...
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He’s killing 100 people a week. He needs to be stung up.
The ball is in Assad’s court. Time to invite in more Iranian and Hezbollah thugs/mercenaries?
Mebbe Britain could bring a peaceful end to all this by offering Bashar a chance to abdicate and return to London and return to his opthalmology practice if he promises to lead the quiet life and stay out of politics henceforward?
The YouTube clip has him down as a Colonel.
This could be the big break. If this guy’s a competent soldier and all the deserters flock to his banner with all th equipment and weapons they can take with them it will snowball.
No, but we’ll give them $30 billion
This could be big.
Bad regime will be replaced with worse regime full of muslim extremists.
Not to be crude, but for the interests of America (and certainly Israel) the Mideast move to democracy is akin to divorcing your wife who has herpes and marrying a gal with herpes and HIV.
I have yet to see any improvement for peace and stability and I am not holding my breath.
The new tyrant may be worse than the old tyrant.
Oh, Damascus will be destroyed in the not so distant future.
And Syria is coming apart at the seams.
And we're dicking around with Libya...???
In recent weeks, a large number of officers and soldiers have deserted the regular Syrian army. In once instance, there was a mutiny and over ten of the soldiers participating were shot and killed.
See tag line. Apparently, the Bamster has anticipated such a possibility.
If you think Assad has a long neck now, wait until he meets Mr. Rope.