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Report: Top Syrian General Deserts
Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/11 | David Lev

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chemical; defects; general; syria
Here goes.
1 posted on 12/22/2011 5:21:00 AM PST by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

Top Syrian General Deserts

Cheese Cake?


2 posted on 12/22/2011 5:24:06 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Eleutheria5

Upper brass defecting is the beginning of the end for Assad.


3 posted on 12/22/2011 5:24:46 AM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: mmanager

Syria now enters civil war status from insurrection.


4 posted on 12/22/2011 5:27:15 AM PST by Broker (Beware of Community Organizer in Chief!)
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To: Eleutheria5

Concern that the weapons will end up with Hezbollah? Isn’t Syria a client state of Iran?


5 posted on 12/22/2011 5:27:54 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: Eleutheria5
Here goes.

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.

6 posted on 12/22/2011 5:28:11 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: mewzilla
From a couple of months ago, might explain a lot....

Syria, Hezbollah and Iran: An Alliance in FluxRead more: Syria, Hezbollah and Iran: An Alliance in Flux | STRATFOR 

7 posted on 12/22/2011 5:33:27 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: Eleutheria5

The defectors know who has international backing and want to be on the winning side. Syrian Christians had better prepare themselves for disaster.


8 posted on 12/22/2011 5:33:33 AM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: Eleutheria5

Wonder if Assad is thinking about using chemical weapons like Saddam did?


9 posted on 12/22/2011 5:53:04 AM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"but when the Islamists grab power in the chaos"

Syria is pretty much a puppet state for Iran so basically the Islamists are already in power!! I'm not saying that some anti American dictatorship could not fill the vacuum once this regime falls. I hope not, but it could happen. But lets be realistic here. Whatever happens in Syria, one thing is for sure. It can't get worse than the Assad regime but it can get better. So, here's to armed insurrection in Syria!!
10 posted on 12/22/2011 5:57:05 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: G Larry

Flambe if you stay.


11 posted on 12/22/2011 6:01:29 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
It can and will get a lot worse. Assad was a tyrant, not an ideologue. He was indifferent to ideology, all he was interested in was power and wealth, he used Islam as a tool to satisfy his lust, much like the Saudis. When Iran fell to Islamists, our lot became much worse.
12 posted on 12/22/2011 6:31:21 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: mewzilla

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.


13 posted on 12/22/2011 6:35:29 AM PST by elhombrelibre ("I'd rather be ruled by the Tea Party than the Democratic Party." Norman Podhoretz)
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To: G Larry

baklava


14 posted on 12/22/2011 6:36:31 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

My first thought too.


15 posted on 12/22/2011 6:44:55 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: mewzilla

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.


16 posted on 12/22/2011 6:49:26 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: wolfcreek

“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.


17 posted on 12/22/2011 6:53:53 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Control the media, you control its citizens.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Good. May the powers that be over take note.


18 posted on 12/22/2011 6:57:41 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Eleutheria5

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?


19 posted on 12/22/2011 6:58:15 AM PST by jhpigott (North Korea - The land of lousy options)
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To: Eleutheria5

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.


20 posted on 12/22/2011 7:03:52 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"Assad was a tyrant, not an ideologue."

He may not be an ideologue, but he partners with Iran. Through Syria is how Iran is able to maintain and support Hezbollah. How can it be any worse? He does Iran's bidding and he's an active enemy of America.
21 posted on 12/22/2011 7:10:42 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: icwhatudo
"I have a feeling this guy will end up dead soon."

Heart attack or some other natural ailment of course...
22 posted on 12/22/2011 7:12:59 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Free Vulcan

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.


23 posted on 12/22/2011 7:21:16 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Eleutheria5

They make dessert out of their generals? Makes that bad efficiency report seem like not such a big thing.


24 posted on 12/22/2011 7:27:14 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: G Larry

no, Baklava.


25 posted on 12/22/2011 7:35:41 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Eleutheria5

Obviously he was being asked to deploy his charge and he had reservations.


26 posted on 12/22/2011 7:38:37 AM PST by Track9
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Iran is doing everything it can to keep Assad in power, so I’m for the insurrection.


27 posted on 12/22/2011 9:12:21 AM PST by AU72
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To: Eleutheria5
Among the weapons Syria displayed in its exercises Wednesday were the Russian-made P-800 supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missile

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.

28 posted on 12/22/2011 9:47:06 AM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: AU72

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.


29 posted on 12/22/2011 9:50:02 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Turkey could become the counter-weight against Iran that Iraq was.


30 posted on 12/22/2011 9:52:49 AM PST by AU72
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To: Bobalu

>> “War is coming. Depend on Zero making a mess of the whole thing.” <<

.
He’s just a Soros/Rockefeller puppet (the new Jimmy Carter)


31 posted on 12/22/2011 9:59:52 AM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Free Vulcan

All of Sadam’s weaponry was guided into the Bekaa valley by US SOG operatives.


32 posted on 12/22/2011 10:06:35 AM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor

What are US SOG operatives?


33 posted on 12/22/2011 10:12:42 AM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: Eleutheria5

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.


34 posted on 12/22/2011 10:33:31 AM PST by RetiredArmy (The End of Days draws near. In this time, you should be drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.)
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To: Eleutheria5
The sources said that more defections were likely to follow in the coming days.

I'd bet they've already been happening and we just aren't hearing about it. Bashar isn't going to want to advertise the fact.
35 posted on 12/22/2011 10:35:05 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Eleutheria5

Isaiah 17 could happen if Assad is kooky enough to unleash chemical weapons on Israel.


36 posted on 12/22/2011 12:15:22 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: G Larry

He abandoned his post? Isn’t that a firing squad offense?


37 posted on 12/22/2011 5:06:36 PM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Well, there goes Isengard. Now, to Mordor.


38 posted on 12/22/2011 8:27:43 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: G Larry

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.


39 posted on 12/22/2011 9:00:20 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
when the Islamists grab power in the chaos, Syria will become much, much more dangerous.

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.

40 posted on 12/22/2011 11:48:36 PM PST by caww
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To: F15Eagle

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.


41 posted on 12/22/2011 11:50:50 PM PST by caww
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To: AU72
Iran is doing everything it can to keep Assad in power, so I’m for the insurrection.

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.

42 posted on 12/22/2011 11:56:46 PM PST by caww
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To: Free Vulcan
....”much of Saddam’s chemical stash ended up there. We don’t need a market bizaar for terrorists sitting off Israel’s doorstep.”.....

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.

43 posted on 12/23/2011 12:02:52 AM PST by caww
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