Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Syria is Melting

Walter Russel Mead writes about the slide into civil war in Syria. (Link here). 
Last night, Ha’aretz ran this headline: “Assad losing control as 10,000 soldiers desert Syrian military”. Other would-be deserters were not so lucky: On Monday, reports circulated that scores of soldiers were machine-gunned by their former comrades as they tried to defect to the opposition, according to survivors.

Despite recent desertions, Assad still commands the loyalty of most of the armed forces, especially including the well-armed Syrian Republican Guard. Damascus and Aleppo, centers of support for the Assad regime, have yet to experience the scale of the turmoil and violence that has been the norm in cities like Homs. Yet the resistance is getting stronger: even in Damascus, rockets have been launched at Army vehicles, according to Ha’aretz.
You may also want to look at this article from the New York Times about the killing of defecting soldiers mentioned above.

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