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NATO data: Assad winning the war for Syriansí hearts and minds
World Tribune ^ | Friday, May 31st, 2013 | Special to WorldTribune.com

Posted on 09/05/2013 6:44:09 PM PDT by annalex

NATO data: Assad winning the war for Syrians’ hearts and minds

Special to WorldTribune.com

LONDON — After two years of civil war, support for the regime of
Syrian President Bashar Assad was said to have sharply increased.

NATO has been studying data that told of a sharp rise in support for
Assad. The data, compiled by Western-sponsored activists and organizations,
showed that a majority of Syrians were alarmed by the Al Qaida takeover of
the Sunni revolt and preferred to return to Assad, Middle East Newsline reported.

A Syrian man waves his national flag bearing the image of President Bashar Assad.  /Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images

A man waves the Syrian flag bearing the image of President Bashar Assad. /Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images

“The people are sick of the war and hate the jihadists more than Assad,”
a Western source familiar with the data said. “Assad is winning the war
mostly because the people are cooperating with him against the rebels.”

The data, relayed to NATO over the last month, asserted that 70 percent
of Syrians support the Assad regime. Another 20 percent were deemed neutral and the remaining 10 percent expressed support for the rebels.

The sources said no formal polling was taken in Syria, racked by two
years of civil war in which 90,000 people were reported killed. They said
the data came from a range of activists and independent organizations that
were working in Syria, particularly in relief efforts.

The data was relayed to NATO as the Western alliance has been divided
over whether to intervene in Syria. Britain and France were said to have
been preparing to send weapons to the rebels while the United States was
focusing on protecting Syria’s southern neighbor Jordan.

A report to NATO said Syrians have undergone a change of heart over the
last six months. The change was seen most in the majority Sunni community,
which was long thought to have supported the revolt.

“The Sunnis have no love for Assad, but the great majority of the
community is withdrawing from the revolt,” the source said. “What is left is
the foreign fighters who are sponsored by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They are
seen by the Sunnis as far worse than Assad.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: assad; syria

1 posted on 09/05/2013 6:44:09 PM PDT by annalex
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To: A.A. Cunningham; andyk; BatGuano; Belteshazzar; bert; Bibman; Bigg Red; blueunicorn6; boxlunch; ...

If you want to be on this right wing, monarchy, paleolibertarianism and nationalism ping list, but are not, please let me know. If you are on it and want to be off, also let me know.

As is sometimes the case, I have a few articles from lesser known sources; this time, on the topic of the day.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 6:45:57 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

This should warm the cockles of obamas heart. Not sure if this is the correct use of cockles but I like it.


3 posted on 09/05/2013 6:50:51 PM PDT by refermech
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To: annalex

I guess Assad’s dometic rating hasn’t changed much since the beginning of that. Everyone with half a brain would like his ‘despoty’ over head-chopping sharia paradise.


4 posted on 09/05/2013 6:51:08 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: annalex

These folks want this civil war to be over so everyone can get back to hating the jews in peace


5 posted on 09/05/2013 6:53:46 PM PDT by Figment
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To: refermech

Obama’s cockles are all packed in his head.

(but I don’t spell it that way)


6 posted on 09/05/2013 6:58:16 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: cunning_fish

Syria is easily the most pluralistic society in the Arab Middle East, with significant Shia, Sunni, Allawi and Christian populations that used to live in peace before the injection of our new friend al Qaeda from away.


7 posted on 09/05/2013 7:01:27 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Figment

I generally enjoy cynicism, fig, but that’s not so. They don’t like the nutties. Plus they have lots of trade-business relationships with Israel and don’t want to see it blown away.


8 posted on 09/05/2013 7:10:34 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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>> “Plus they have lots of trade-business relationships with Israel and don’t want to see it blown away.” <<

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Which is exactly why Obama wants Syria blown away.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 7:14:55 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: annalex

We’re on the side of the 10%. That sounds about right.


10 posted on 09/05/2013 8:23:02 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: annalex
The 26 percent minority groups that support Assad: 1) Alawite Muslims (his tribe), 2) Druze Muslims, 3) Shi'ite Muslims, and 4) Christians are rallying around Assad for self preservation. If the Sunni Muslim rebels win and topple Assad, they and the 74 percent of the Syrian population that's Sunni will engage in genocide. The Syrian genocide will be done by the Sunni Muslim victors to these four groups. The ethnic cleansing will rival that of the the Nazis. The Nazis went out of the industrialized murder business in 1945.

Really folks, this isn't rocket science (except to Obama, Kerry, Hegel, assorted administration hacks, McCain, Graham, and other political trash in Congress).

11 posted on 09/05/2013 11:56:09 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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“I generally enjoy cynicism, fig, but that’s not so. They don’t like the nutties. Plus they have lots of trade-business relationships with Israel and don’t want to see it blown away.”

They want the return of the Golan Heights so bad they can taste it. For one reason only, to attack Israel from a strategic advantage. But yes I am cynical too


12 posted on 09/06/2013 6:18:05 PM PDT by Figment
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