Saturday, July 07, 2012

Assad Still Confident as West Woos Tlass Clan

Sunni General's Departure Highlights Alawitization of Army

Syria's embattled dictator, still confident of ultimate victory, incredibly, is purging the country's military and intelligence agencies, appointing and promoting Alawites over Sunnis. Assad has alienated the powerful heads of the Tlass clan, who have long served the regime, are known to have strong ties to Russia--and are now being courted by the U.S. and Assad's Arab enemies. Intrigue abounds. Read more.

Russia Calls 'Friends of Syria' Immoral 
Will Sectarian Cleansing Follow Syria's Splitting?