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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.