Assad Declares State of War

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The ranks of the Free Syria Army will grow as the pace of defections remains steady. Dozens of soldiers are said to have switched sides in the Harasta suburb of Damascus. There were clashes when some soldiers defended the people in Rastan in Homs Province and even in Damascus. There were also clashes at the Mezzeh military airport near the capital. One defector claims that 4,000 soldiers are imprisoned in Damascus alone, and an opposition website says the number is over 22,000 including 7,000 officers.

The defected soldiers have not been able to seriously challenge the Assad regime’s forces. Ammar Abdulhamid says this is because of logistical problems, but these issues are being overcome.

“Even though, they seem to have a long way to go before they can mount major operations inside the country, because of limited funds and support from external sources, the sympathy they have found in certain communities, especially in parts of Homs, Hama, Idlib and Deir Ezzor provinces, has allowed them time to organize and strategize,” he wrote.

The U.S. is quietly becoming more supportive of the Syrian opposition. Ambassador Robert Ford is keeping his contacts with the Assad regime to a minimum, while meeting with opposition activists. He is also said to be looking for regime officials that he can persuade to defect.

Former CIA counter-terrorism officer John Kiriakou suggests that a military coup may be the best way forward.

“A military coup is the only way to spare Syria from the spiral of death and violence it is entering. Nobody wants a weak and unpredictable Syria. All of the country’s neighbors, Israel included, want a predictable and stable one….They [the Syrian military] are a known entity and would likely garner quick international support and recognition if they were able to seize power,”  Kiriakou wrote.

The protesters have proven that they will not rest until Bashar Assad is out of power, and his regime has proven that it will not go down without firing every last shot it has. The status quo cannot be sustained. The uprising will be crushed, a military coup will take place, or a Libya-like civil war will topple the regime. The situation in Syria is bound to become even more unstable and unpredictable as time goes on.

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  • Rev. Roy Trepanier

    Hang onto your hats, folks, and read Isaiah 17:1. It clearly describes the destruction of Damascus. Then read Psalm 83 to see the alignment of Israel's enemy's. If you cannot connect those dots, then go to Psalm 2.."Why do the heathen rage and plot a vain thing….". Those prophecies were writtten milennia ago, and do you really think that it is mere coincidence that all these things are occurring at this one point in time? Can you possibly believe that out of the last 6,000 years, it is just pure luck that all these events are converging in the brief span of YOUR lifetime?? C'mon now, its time to return to the Word of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Creator of the cosmos and of your soul.

  • Rev. Roy Trepanier

    It's time to get real, before "time" runs out. This is all preparation for the Lord's imminent return..Acts 1:11..
    How many more signs do you need??? What is it going to take..Even the head of the IDF, Major General Uzi Daylan is stating that war in the Middle East is inevitable and most likely will involve NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Duh, helloooooooo…..(This is not some reporter speculating..this is from the man with his finger on the button).
    Daniel 5…."mene mene tekel upharsin"…check it out…
    God is trying to get YOUR attention….my prayer is that you are listening and begin to turn to Him, Who is the only hope for a lost and dying world. "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved". But, ya gotta mean it !!!!
    Rev. Roy….<><

  • PhillipGaley

    Where's Asama?

  • The Infidel

    Sadly Roy you are correct, Sadly being that there are still so many who have not been saved by the grace of YWHW. I would have added that if anyone wants to see the exact playbook read Revelations, its all lining up nicely and its not going to be pretty. the armies of Satan are amassing and are readying themselves to be completely distroyed, then noone will be able to say, "But we never got told" well now you have, I shake the dust from my sandals at your gate, the ball is in your court

  • a12iggymom

    Someone PLEASE explain…WHO IS THE OPPOSITION??? The very same jihadis in Egypt and Libya, THAT'S WHO! Are you ready to fight the Ottoman Empire again???

  • killthejihadis

    If we are lucky. Defeat of the Ottoman' jihadist army at Vienna led to the the liberation of eastern Europe and the decline of the Kahlifate. Let''s do it again.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Let Assad and the MB fight it out to the last bullit. Keeping the Syrian Army in any kind of order for the MB to take command of is anything but sound advise.