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The End for Assad? High Ranking Officers Desert, Join Rebels
Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/7/11

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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabspring; assad; officers; syria
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The devil is in the details. Useful idiot Rep Dennis Couscousinitch says Assad is listening to the people. That is true. He is listening as they scream out as they are tortured. He is listening as their bloodied bodies hit the pavement. He is listening as his security forces slaughter women and children.

At least BHO did speak out tonight. Way late, natch.

41 posted on 08/01/2011 2:00:59 AM PDT by at bay ("We were all in agreeance of that."--slutmom jury foreman, Larry Mokirlyjo)
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To: Eleutheria5

Assad will fall only if the army disintegrates. That disintegration may have begun......................................................... Who’s Army? Iran’s Revolutionary Guards?

42 posted on 08/01/2011 7:19:03 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Liberals fight with smear, Conservatives fight with truth. Palin & West team are 2012's dream)
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To: spyone
He’s killing 100 people a week. He needs to be stung up.

Before stringing him up, think about who is going to replace him. The Shah of Iran was bad, the Ayatollahs were worse.

43 posted on 08/01/2011 10:11:17 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: PapaBear3625

He’s in bed with the Ayatollahs. Whoever replaces him will be a Sunni. The more fanatical a Sunni, the less likely he will continue an alliance with the Ayatollahs. Let it be the Muslim Brotherhood. Let it be Al Qaeda. There is cause to hope, however, that it could be a Sunni Arab/Sunni or Suffi Kurd coalition, with no cause to love the Ayatollahs for purely personal reasons, such as a fact that they’ve been oppressed by Alawite Shiites for decades.

44 posted on 08/01/2011 12:33:28 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Eleutheria5.

45 posted on 08/02/2011 2:52:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again --
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