Syrian Rebels: Assad´s Regime is Crumbling (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/19/12)
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Syrian army defectors and rebel commanders based in Turkey said that
a bomb that killed three top military officials in Damascus would
hasten the end of President Bashar Al-Assad´s rule.
Speaking to Reuters, they predicted more defections and divisive
Brigadier Fayez Amr, a senior member of defectors´ group, the Joint
Leadership of the Higher Council, told the news agency the attack was
a turning point in the 16-month-old uprising.
“The regime might now resort to more lethal weapons in retaliation
but the biggest loser will ultimately be the regime. The strength of
the regime no longer matters when it faces the will of a people
against soldiers who have lost their will to fight and when a soldier
knows he is fighting his own people. Victory is closer than ever
now,” Amr told Reuters.
Syria´s defense minister and Assad´s brother-in-law were killed in
the attack, the biggest blow to Assad´s high command.
A security source said the bomber who struck inside the security
headquarters was a bodyguard entrusted with protecting the closest
members of Assad´s circle. State television said it was a suicide
bomber. Anti-Assad groups claimed responsibility.
Ahmad Zaidan, spokesman for the Higher Council of the Revolution´s
Leadership, an opposition group, told Reuters the blast was a major
blow to the morale of the army. The opposition estimates that 50,000
soldiers out of 280,000 have deserted.
“It´s the beginning of the breaking of the chain, the regime has lost
control now and those around Bashar Al-Assad whom he relied on are
gone. The regime´s foundations have been shaken. It´s just Bashar now
who´s left,” said Zaidan.
Dozens of soldiers had defected in Idlib province in the last few
hours, he said.
Abdullah al-Shami, a rebel commander, who has led rebel attacks in
Aleppo, told Reuters, “This this is a qualitative shift that will
further demoralize any one who supports the regime.”
He added, “I expect a speedy collapse of the regime ... and it means
we will not be in need of outside intervention with the regime
beginning to crumble much faster than we envisaged.”
At the same time, Muhaiman al-Taiee, a senior officer in the Front
for Syrian Revolutionaries, an umbrella group that coordinates major
rebel brigades, said organizational weakness among armed opposition
groups meant Assad could still win more time.
“Unfortunately if we had been better organized these momentous events
would have brought an immediate collapse of Assad´s rule. But ... we
still have some way to go,” he told Reuters.
Jordan´s King Abdullah II said on Wednesday that the attack is
a “tremendous blow to the regime,” but cautioned that he did not
think the attack meant Assad´s regime was about to crumble
Meanwhile on Wednesday, UN special envoy Kofi Annan asked the
Security Council to delay a vote on a new resolution on Syria.
The Western-backed resolution threatens Syrian authorities with
sanctions if they do not stop using heavy weapons in towns. Russia
has said it will block the move. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/19/12)
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