Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Members of Assad's own sect call for rebellion in Syrian army
Ha'aretz ^ | Sunday, March 24, 2013 | Reuters

Posted on 03/24/2013 3:33:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

In the first meeting of its kind by Alawites who support the revolt, delegates distanced themselves from Assad's crackdown against an uprising in which 70,000 people have been killed.

"We call on our brothers in the Syrian army, specifically members of our sect, not to take up arms against their people and to refuse to join the army," the delegates said in a statement after two days of meeting in the Egyptian capital.

Alawite domination of the officer army corp is one of the pillars of Assad's control."The Syrian regime is not an Alawite sectarian regime ... the Alawite sect was and is being held hostage by the regime," said the statement, which was read out by Alawite activist Tawfiq Dunia.

"One of the goals of the Syrian revolution is to restore the national identity and free the Alawite sect from the family of the ruling regime," the statement said.

A government crackdown has sparked a mostly Sunni Islamist insurgency that is leading some Alawites to fear they have no future without Assad. Alawites are an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam that make up about 10 percent of Syria's population.

Assad has said he is fighting a foreign-backed conspiracy to divide Syria, describing the rebels as Islamist terrorists.

The Cairo meeting, which called for a democratic Syria representing all political groups and sects, was also attended by Sunni and other opposition activists.

"What is important is that all Syrians unite regardless of their sect," Samir Aita, a prominent economist and member of the Syrian Democratic Forum, told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference.

On Sunday, the head of the main Syrian opposition group, Moaz Alkhatib, resigned in a blow to the diminishing moderate wing of the two-year revolt.

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


TOPICS: Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alawites; arabspring; egypt; iran; iraq; israel; jordan; kurdistan; lebanon; russia; samiraita; syria; tawfiqdunia; turkey; waronterror
A woman and a child walk by graffitti praising Allah and the Syrian revolution in Aleppo. March 24, 2013. Photo by AFP

Members of Assads own sect call for rebellion in Syrian army

1 posted on 03/24/2013 3:33:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

After his defeat by Alexander, the King of Persia was deposed by a relative, stabbed, and left to die.

Assad lashes out after death of leading Syrian cleric and key Sunni ally
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2013/0322/Assad-lashes-out-after-death-of-leading-Syrian-cleric-and-key-Sunni-ally

Arab League gives Syrian seat to opposition
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/arab-league-gives-syrian-seat-to-opposition-346346

Why Obama Won’t Move Against Assad
He fears angering Iran.
3:05 PM, MAR 22, 2013 • By Lee Smith
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/why-obama-wont-move-against-assad_708817.html


2 posted on 03/24/2013 3:36:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

The end game is here, things are going to unravel fast.


3 posted on 03/24/2013 3:36:33 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

So we’ve promised to back them.


4 posted on 03/24/2013 3:37:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Assad’s Fellow Alawites Turn on Him
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166545

Members of Syrian leader’s sect form opposition group to sway support from Assad to rebels
by Aya Batrawy
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/world/Members+Syrian+leaders+sect+form+opposition+group+sway/8145594/story.html

Syria’s Alawites deny full loyalty to Assad in Cairo conference
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/67586/World/Region/Syrias-Alawites-deny-full-loyalty-to-Assad-in-Cair.aspx

I flew secret missions carrying cash and weapons into Syria for Assad, pilot reveals
A former Syrian army cargo pilot has revealed how he flew secret missions for the regime of Bashar al-Assad to carry cash and weapons into the country in the face of international sanctions.
By Nigel Wilson, Amman
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9949957/I-flew-secret-missions-carrying-cash-and-weapons-into-Syria-for-Assad-pilot-reveals.html


5 posted on 03/24/2013 3:39:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

Damascus and about 10 other Syrian cities = smoking heaps.

Or glass, I’m fine with either.


6 posted on 03/24/2013 3:42:38 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek; Tijeras_Slim

US policy has been (perhaps deliberately) vague. Putting Kerry on the job to visit countries in the region (Iran, Shiite-ruled Iraq) to stop the supply lines, and having Zero spend a large amount of his accumulated vacation time (/jk) touring Israel and Jordan, puts pressure on Russia. The timing — right after backing down on US missile defense in eastern Europe — is no accident.


7 posted on 03/24/2013 3:43:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

Otherwise, the Islamics take over, and we’ll have to listen to how women and minorities are hardest hit.


8 posted on 03/24/2013 3:44:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

First we got to get the jihadis all in one place. Or ten places.


9 posted on 03/24/2013 3:46:26 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
Assad has said he is fighting a foreign-backed conspiracy to divide Syria, describing the rebels as Islamist terrorists.

There will be a certain satisfaction watching Assad go, especially since he so closely aligned himself with Iran. Unfortunately, what follows will probably be governance by Islamic radicals (terrorists). As the "rebels" gain territory they've been imposing Islamic law and it ain't pretty. Many of the modern, less radical people that once supported the rebels have abandoned them and are almost stuck supporting Assad.

10 posted on 03/24/2013 3:46:42 PM PDT by Longbow1969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Also, do you think this was expected or unexpected by zero?


11 posted on 03/24/2013 3:48:03 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

if Alawites who support the revolt think the rebels will welcome them when the rebels win they are as american jews believing obama supports israel.


12 posted on 03/24/2013 3:50:30 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]


13 posted on 03/24/2013 3:51:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: txhurl

These are probably recent exiles for the most part, and who could blame anyone for wanting to leave Syria anytime these past couple of years?


14 posted on 03/24/2013 3:53:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

Isn’t he dead?


15 posted on 03/24/2013 3:57:10 PM PDT by EEGator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Assad’s mounted head will look great on Axelrod’s wall.


16 posted on 03/24/2013 4:05:11 PM PDT by SpaceBar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
"What is important is that all Syrians unite regardless of their sect,"

oh boy ... my translation of this is ... come on over here ... I'll tell you why later. Kind of like pelosi with, "we have to pass it to find out what is in it." oh boy, this is moving faster than I thought it ever could.

17 posted on 03/24/2013 4:17:28 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

When the smart bombs hit, it’s Jihadi Disco — disgoes dis way, disgoes dat way.


18 posted on 03/24/2013 4:17:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: EEGator
Isn’t he dead?

Assad? Nothing confirmed that I am aware of. I think he's still alive.

19 posted on 03/24/2013 4:19:50 PM PDT by Longbow1969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

Its is all over for Assad—he better flee fast or he will be dead within the next week. Russians better get out fast too. I fear this will be another nut bag Jihadist state in the making—a new Taliban dominated nation that Israel will have to clean up at some point.


20 posted on 03/24/2013 4:25:11 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

Okay. A lot of confusion on that today.


21 posted on 03/24/2013 4:34:14 PM PDT by EEGator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Sure is taking world ‘leaders’ a long time to figure out what to do.


22 posted on 03/24/2013 4:50:58 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

You mean a long time to figure out when to say what they’ve done?


23 posted on 03/24/2013 5:36:03 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: no-to-illegals; txhurl; SunkenCiv; Longbow1969; All
"Me against my brother, me and my brother against my cousin; me, my brother, and my cousin against the world," holds true.

This is an article ya'll should read.

The Middle East's Tribal DNA

To say that OUR leaders do not understand this goes beyond a lie to complete F****ing Bullsh!+.

Kill every one of them down to the last tit sucking babe. It is the only way.

24 posted on 03/24/2013 5:44:57 PM PDT by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred
Now fred ... the PC police will come for you and all of us named in your post. LOL fred ... don't hold back.
25 posted on 03/24/2013 5:52:23 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: no-to-illegals

Sgt. Evan Vela.


26 posted on 03/24/2013 5:58:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

Sounds like members of Assad’s own sect finally realize they are going to get their ass kicked so they are jumping the fence to the other side. How brave!


27 posted on 03/24/2013 6:09:34 PM PDT by kempo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: kempo

Please read the article I posted.

And then the next time you see a disabled Vet, or hear of one who committed suicide, then come talk to me.


28 posted on 03/24/2013 6:12:10 PM PDT by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred
That's a great book, The Haj.
29 posted on 03/24/2013 6:29:32 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: SpaceBar

On who’s wall would Axelrod’s head look best?


30 posted on 03/24/2013 6:30:29 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

Just so.


31 posted on 03/24/2013 6:39:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: bert
On who’s wall would Axelrod’s head look best?

Sarah Palin's perhaps.
32 posted on 03/24/2013 6:57:01 PM PDT by SpaceBar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred
Going over link with due diligence ... Will get back to you. My apology ... fell asleep.
33 posted on 03/24/2013 11:17:39 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

The Middle East’s Tribal DNA ... interesting read. Many emotions while reading. Not certain if was from lack of sleep or something in the written text.


34 posted on 03/24/2013 11:44:56 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

/bingo


35 posted on 03/25/2013 8:11:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson