Skip to comments.Report: Top Syrian General Deserts
Posted on 12/22/2011 5:20:56 AM PST by Eleutheria5
Opposition sources in Syria said Thursday that a top Syrian army general, Mustapha a-Sheikh, has abandoned his post. A-Sheikh is in charge of chemical weapons deployment in eastern Syria. According to the sources, a-Sheikh escaped over the border into Turkey in recent days.
A-Sheikh's defection came on the background of what opposition activists said was an increasing frustration among many army soldiers at being deployed to fight against Syrian citizens. Weeks ago, soldiers were subjected to intense propaganda stressing that the protests were being organized by groups seeking to plunge Syria into anarchy, who were funded by foreign governments, but with the daily increasing bloodshed and the growing protests, many soldiers have come to the conclusion that the uprising in Syria is indeed a legitimate expression of protest by Syrians. The sources said that more defections were likely to follow in the coming days. Meanwhile, IDF sources told Army Radio Thursday the increasing instability in Syria is of great concern to Israeli security officials. In recent days Syria has conducted military exercises using its most advanced equipment, and Israeli officials fear there is a strong likelihood that those weapons will find their way to Hizbullah, either before or after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad falls. Among the weapons Syria displayed in its exercises Wednesday were the Russian-made P-800 supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missile. Our guiding principle is that when there is instability in Syria, with or without Assad, the likelihood of a real conflict in the region is ever greater. That is why we are taking these exercises seriously, the sources said.
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Top Syrian General Deserts
Upper brass defecting is the beginning of the end for Assad.
Syria now enters civil war status from insurrection.
Concern that the weapons will end up with Hezbollah? Isn’t Syria a client state of Iran?
Yup, the majority of Syrians would probably like to live a normal life in peace with their neighbors, but when the Islamists grab power in the chaos, Syria will become much, much more dangerous. That's what happened in Iran and is happening in Egypt.
The defectors know who has international backing and want to be on the winning side. Syrian Christians had better prepare themselves for disaster.
Wonder if Assad is thinking about using chemical weapons like Saddam did?
Flambe if you stay.
Yes, Syria is a client state of Iran. It’s doubtful that Assad could hold on to power without Iran. And Hezbollah is a strategic proxy for Iran, as the Sudetenland Germans were for Hitler. Both Syria and Iran use Hezbollah as proxies against Israel.
My first thought too.
I’d be concerned, since it’s rumored that much of Saddam’s chemical stash ended up there. We don’t need a market bizaar for terrorists sitting off Israel’s doorstep.
“Wonder if Assad is thinking about using chemical weapons like Saddam did?”
Might just very well take Saddams weapons out of storage and use them.
Then the UN can blame the US for giving WMD’s to the Syrians. And OBama can blame Bush for it. And the media will put on its kneepads.
And it will happen right around October 25th.
Good. May the powers that be over take note.
There was a report from Turkish media a week or so back that Syria had mated some chemical warheads to its IRBMs. Presumably, this general would have been part of the operation. Maybe he didn’t like his orders?
I have a feeling this guy will end up dead soon. Especially if he has info on what was on all those trucks that came from Iraq prior to the invasion.
re: Yup...Bunch of big rigs high tailing it out of Iraq pre-invasion. If memory serves, we bombed some russians that were along one of those convoys.
They make dessert out of their generals? Makes that bad efficiency report seem like not such a big thing.
Obviously he was being asked to deploy his charge and he had reservations.
Iran is doing everything it can to keep Assad in power, so I’m for the insurrection.
IMO regional war will start when these missiles are used to attack shipping coming into the port of Haifa. The ROP will say they will stop blockading Israel when the Gaza blockade stops. Anti-ship missiles will be launched from civilian areas, hospitals/schools/mosques, and there will be screams of horror when Israel strikes them.
War is coming. Depend on Zero making a mess of the whole thing.
Let the Turks have the place—They could run it better. The new agreement with Israel might be to make sure there are no mistakes when The Turks bomb Damascus. Anything that destabilizes Syria is a good thing.
Turkey could become the counter-weight against Iran that Iraq was.
>> “War is coming. Depend on Zero making a mess of the whole thing.” <<
He’s just a Soros/Rockefeller puppet (the new Jimmy Carter)
All of Sadam’s weaponry was guided into the Bekaa valley by US SOG operatives.
What are US SOG operatives?
I guess when Syria falls, the alquida types get Saddam’s weapons of mass production, chemical weapons that they have been hiding since he shipped them over there.
He abandoned his post? Isn’t that a firing squad offense?
Well, there goes Isengard. Now, to Mordor.
Chocolate-covered camels’ balls.
Oops. Sorry. That should have been “chocolate-covered caramel balls”.
If a Syrian general defects over the situation in his country, is he in DeNial or just heading for it?
Or as Moses’ mother said when hiding him from the Egyptians, “No use beating around the Bush”.
WHen George Bush Jr, won the presidential election a second time, he said”, Holy Moses, how did that happen?”
What a lovely historical connection Bush had to Moses and vice-versa.
Oh yeah...and good bye Damascus when all is said and done. And of course the Shities in Iraq are clamping down now on the Sunni's.....it's going to get allot more dangerous in the ME as these Islamic nations will jockey for power...regardless of what the rest of the nation leaders want to see happen.
American politicians STILL do not understand the mindset of the ME....and they won't anytime in the near future.
Assad isn’t predictable at this juncture...no telling what extremes he will go to retain power....but likely he’ll do something big enough to give those pause who are attempting to take him out.
The real war is between Iran and the US playing out in Syria....Iran needs Syria..without Syria you can bet money Iran will be hosting many more meetings with Putin once he's back in office..and he will be seated...you can count on that.
Then we have the change of Rule in N.Korea....which is really about China and the US.
Further aggrivating both of these is an administration who is absent...at best...and more than foolish when engaged.
If I recall correctly we know where it is as well.....one of the reasons Bush didn't ‘t announce the actual finds that were in Iraq, and that they were tracking the WMD which were being sent to Syria, was the administration then didn't want their whereabouts to be known by those who would attempt to get them during or after the height of the war.
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