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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...

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabspring; assad; officers; syria
And As'ad until now was part of that "criminal gang". His penitence is probably more a matter of personal survival, but it does my heart good to see rats leaving the Ba'athist ship of state.
1 posted on 07/31/2011 12:08:21 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

He’s killing 100 people a week. He needs to be stung up.


2 posted on 07/31/2011 12:10:15 AM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Eleutheria5

The ball is in Assad’s court. Time to invite in more Iranian and Hezbollah thugs/mercenaries?


3 posted on 07/31/2011 12:13:38 AM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Eleutheria5
Looks like Sodem’s WMD’s are about to be revealed. An ‘Accident’ with them could make Damascus a wasteland,
4 posted on 07/31/2011 12:17:43 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Eleutheria5
If Assad flees Syria, wherever will he go? /s


5 posted on 07/31/2011 12:25:30 AM PDT by South40 (Palin/Cain 2012!)
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To: Eleutheria5; spyone; bkopto; fella

Mebbe Britain could bring a peaceful end to all this by offering Bashar a chance to abdicate and return to London and return to his opthalmology practice if he promises to lead the quiet life and stay out of politics henceforward?


6 posted on 07/31/2011 12:25:39 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Eleutheria5

The YouTube clip has him down as a Colonel.


7 posted on 07/31/2011 12:27:27 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Eleutheria5
WATCH:
8 posted on 07/31/2011 12:28:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama is making me sick.)
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To: Eleutheria5

This could be the big break. If this guy’s a competent soldier and all the deserters flock to his banner with all th equipment and weapons they can take with them it will snowball.


9 posted on 07/31/2011 12:30:07 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Eleutheria5
When will NATO enforce a no-fly zone to protect the rebels?
10 posted on 07/31/2011 12:33:54 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Cowboy Bob

No, but we’ll give them $30 billion


11 posted on 07/31/2011 12:39:43 AM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Eleutheria5

This could be big.


12 posted on 07/31/2011 12:50:12 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Bad regime will be replaced with worse regime full of muslim extremists.

Not to be crude, but for the interests of America (and certainly Israel) the Mideast move to democracy is akin to divorcing your wife who has herpes and marrying a gal with herpes and HIV.

I have yet to see any improvement for peace and stability and I am not holding my breath.


13 posted on 07/31/2011 1:05:58 AM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: South40

The new tyrant may be worse than the old tyrant.


14 posted on 07/31/2011 1:31:48 AM PDT by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
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To: spyone

Oh, Damascus will be destroyed in the not so distant future.


15 posted on 07/31/2011 1:49:43 AM PDT by hope
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To: Eleutheria5
Syria controls Lebanon and Hezbollah. They are allied with Iran.

And Syria is coming apart at the seams.

And we're dicking around with Libya...???

16 posted on 07/31/2011 1:52:09 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Eleutheria5
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.

In recent weeks, 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.

See tag line. Apparently, the Bamster has anticipated such a possibility.

17 posted on 07/31/2011 2:04:44 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: "We need a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Cowboy Bob
Al Jazeera TV: Heavy weaponry reportedly being used in fighting between different Libyan rebel groups near Benghazi
18 posted on 07/31/2011 3:10:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama is making me sick.)
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To: South40
There is a photo 0f Assad (SIC) and “Hilary!”

Just sayin’

19 posted on 07/31/2011 3:35:31 AM PDT by hummingbird (Help keep Guam from tilting...still not tilting...)
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To: spyone

If you think Assad has a long neck now, wait until he meets Mr. Rope.


20 posted on 07/31/2011 4:45:24 AM PDT by JPG (Yes she can!)
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To: Eleutheria5
"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."

That's been the issue for the survival of the Assad family dictatorship from the beginning. That's the reason for Baathism, pan-Arab socialism, the vicious hostility toward Israel, anything to divert the people's attention toward outsiders and unify them in hatred.

It could only last so long.

If I were an Alawite or Christian or Kurd in Syrian, I'd be making "getting the heck out of Dodge" plans. When the Sunnis takeover, they're going to take it out on the inside 'outsiders'.

21 posted on 07/31/2011 4:50:18 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: sinanju

———The YouTube clip has him down as a Colonel.-——

When I read the piece I thought “major Generals don’t lead coups, Colonels lead coups”


22 posted on 07/31/2011 4:56:09 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwing REDISTRIBUTION))
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To: Eleutheria5
This is far more important and potentially bloodier than Libya. Assad will send in Hezzbo and Lebanon will likely erupt. Only a matter of days before Obama blames Israel.
23 posted on 07/31/2011 5:00:53 AM PDT by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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To: Eleutheria5

it’s time for the state Dept to step in and take credit


24 posted on 07/31/2011 5:11:32 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Plink)
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To: Eleutheria5
Look for Obama to order NATO bombing to SAVE a ruthless dictator this time.

Unlike that other Jew-hating anti-Israel communist tyrant in Libya,Assad has borders with Israel and tries to murder her Jews at every opportunity.

Our antisemitic Islamophile president can't let an ally like that perish.
Hard enough for him to protect Iran by threatening to more or less starve Israel to death if they even THINK about protecting themselves from Iranian nukes.

25 posted on 07/31/2011 5:17:24 AM PDT by Happy Rain (Liberals and Muslims today are like the Nazis and Communists of 1940--"pals" for now.)
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To: spyone

He needs to be stung up.
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Stake him out on a fire ant bed, he’ll be stung up plenty.


26 posted on 07/31/2011 6:48:56 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: volunbeer

However we can cheer the further fighting between different branches of the same cesspool....tis hasten the end of Assad and hopefully the end of his US State Dept cankle-istas.


27 posted on 07/31/2011 6:49:30 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: bert
When I read the piece I thought “major Generals don’t lead coups, Colonels lead coups”

Francisco Franco.
28 posted on 07/31/2011 6:51:23 AM PDT by Cheburashka (If found, please return this Ring of Power to Sauron, Lord of Darkness. Return postage guaranteed.)
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To: South40

Damn, how do cartoon characters come to be dictators so often? Nobama fits right the mix.


29 posted on 07/31/2011 6:58:46 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
That's been the issue for the survival of the Assad family dictatorship from the beginning. That's the reason for Baathism, pan-Arab socialism, the vicious hostility toward Israel, anything to divert the people's attention toward outsiders and unify them in hatred.

There's no need to unify Arab Muslims in hatred of non-Muslims (Israel, US, et al) - they already do. The pan-Arab ideology exists to (1) show Arab Muslims that non-Muslims in Arabia are not their enemy, (2) distract Muslims from the fact that non-Muslims continue to exist in Arabia over 1000 years after Muhammad conquered all before him from what is now the southern part of Saudi Arabia and (3) these non-Muslims in Arabia are not paying the jizya tax for the privilege of living among the (Muslim) faithful. The unpalatable truth is that the Arab Muslim has been fed a steady diet of infidel hatred along with mother's milk since Muhammad imposed his rule and his religion on the region over 1000 years ago. Any dictator, Baathist or not, who breaks from that orthodoxy will incur the wrath of the populace and be toppled or killed.

30 posted on 07/31/2011 7:24:01 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: sinanju
Mebbe Britain could bring a peaceful end to all this by offering Bashar a chance to abdicate and return to London and return to his ophthalmology practice

Give him a job in the British National Health Service.

They already employed on of Saddam Husain's doctor torturers for the last 7 years.

31 posted on 07/31/2011 8:27:00 AM PDT by spokeshave (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA.)
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To: bert

YouTube must have erred.

The man in the clip clearly had two stars on his epaulets.


32 posted on 07/31/2011 8:35:16 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Eleutheria5

Assad is certainly not our friend. He has worked consistently with our enemies against us, and he has kept Lebanon under his boot heel.

But what we have is essentially a corrupt balancing act. If he goes, then we will get the terrorist fanatics themselves in charge. I don’t know if that’s better.

I certainly wouldn’t do anything to defend him, but we would be VERY stupid to help his enemies and get involved in yet another war.


33 posted on 07/31/2011 8:46:23 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Cicero

Let them batter each other bloody. Whoever takes over will not be a friend of Iran or Hizbollah, because the majority of the country is Sunni. The lesser of the two evils is the devil we don’t know. The Kurds might conceivably be friendly, should they gain some territorial concessions through the agency of the US.


34 posted on 07/31/2011 9:05:33 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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To: Eleutheria5

Assad’s wife is a former Wall Street banker, when she bugs out you’ll know he’s doomed. Trust that she knows all about soft landings and she didn’t sign on for the Mussolini ending.


35 posted on 07/31/2011 10:40:37 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

And this is the same guy who used to regularly deliver profanity-laced diatribes about Dubya, comparing him to Hitler and whatnot? But Assad is merely misunderstood and really cares about the people. If the government listens to the people, then and only then there can be progress. The people at this point ought to hang him naked by his feet from a lamp post, and shoot him full of lead. That would be progress and a positive development.


36 posted on 07/31/2011 10:42:33 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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To: bert

Sure. Qadaffi was a colonel. So was Phedopholis in Greece, back in the day. Batiste was just a freakin’ sergeant.


37 posted on 07/31/2011 10:46:34 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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To: hope
Oh, Damascus will be destroyed in the not so distant future.

And how exactly do you know this? I mean if you are privy to advanced intel of the death and destruction of six million people, why are you leaking it here when no one else is mentioning it?

38 posted on 07/31/2011 11:59:32 AM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: The Theophilus

well you asked so here it is .....

Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap

Jer 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; [there is] sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Jer 49:24 Damascus is waxed feeble, [and] turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on [her]: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.

Jer 49:25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

Jer 49:26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD of hosts.

Jer 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad

Amo 1:3 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron

Amo 1:5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.


39 posted on 07/31/2011 5:00:34 PM PDT by gdc61
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To: gdc61
well you asked so here it is .....

Thanks for the sources. Lets vet them out a bit.

"Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap"

Did you read just that sentence and then stop reading? The next passage talks about the cities of Aroer which have been gone for over 2700 years. The section (vv 1-11) refer to Ephraim as Israel and Damascus as Aram. Assyria under Tiglath-Pileser III defeated Aram (and Damascus) in 732 and Israel in 722. (see: 2 Kings 16:9, during the fourth year of Ahaz, we read that Damascus was taken.) According to the Assyrian Annals, we read that the destruction of Damascus was so great that it left hundreds of sites looking "like hills over which the flood had swept". It is well known fact among historians that the reduction of the much of city to rubble was widespread and extended into Syria and the Transjordan.

Thus it is prophecy that has been fulfilled over 2700 years ago. That is a historical, demonstrable, and irrefutable fact. This is also the event that is referred to in Amos 1:3-5 and is mentioned specifically in Kings

Jeremiah 49:23-27

You have made a bit of a problem for yourself because this is commonly recognized as a separate prophecy that was fulfilled during the time of the Neo Babylonian era (circa 595 BC). A very prominent clue is in v27 "the palaces of ben-Hadad" which was a name of dynasty rather than a particular king (not Aram in the previous). Another very significant clue is the "waxed feeble" in v24, even Wikipedia acknowledges that Damascus declined as Assyrian influence gave way to Egypt (under Neco). Another clue is in its proximity to other kingdoms mentioned in the prophecy. Its really difficult to make a case for a modern "kingdom of Hazor" when we know that it was sacked and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.

It is really sad to see such a disregard for biblical/ancient history and a lack of exegetical skill that failed to recognize that these prophecies against Damascus were describing two totally different events separated by hundreds of years and fulfilled just as the prophets said. Even if the Futurist were to categorically reject the historical facts and insist on a future fulfillment, the prophecies themselves refer to different actors, different sins and differing judgements so that it can't possibly be speaking of on and the same event.

Performing a word search on "Damascus" or "Libya" or "Egypt" and automatically isolating and projecting these statements exclusively as future events regardless of context, language, references, Scriptural historical confirmation or even archaeological evidence doesn't make it true. The skilled student of Scripture would at least harmonize the prophecies with known events and established doctrines.

There is also the more disturbing element of rejecting the doctrines of Redemption in such a way that it leads people to think that a capricious god will destroy millions of people today for sins committed by a king 2500 years ago. The Gospel message is not just for white Westerners, it is for men and women of all nations, tribes and tongues. The Gospel is to go out to all people, and for that reason God has preserved the world for a future judgment, not isolating and intermittently judging nations separately for no reason other than satisfying some blood lust of modern day evangelicals.

I would hope that you would rejoice in that we don't have to guess about some horrible calamity yet to come, but that we literally have fulfilled prophecies that have edified countless believers over the millennia. We know that it rains on the just and the unjust (but apparently not on Texans) which means that Christians living in the Middle East need not worry that God will send down judgment on them for merely living in Damascus or Egypt for sins committed by idolators thousands of years before.

40 posted on 07/31/2011 6:20:18 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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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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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 -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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