Coup in Syria?
UPDATE 3/17 pm: Publius Pundit has word from Syria that everything seems normal and that this information is probably false.I've no idea how reliable a source the Lebanese Foundation for Peace is, but I thought you might want to read this (via Evariste at Discarded Lies):
DAMASCUS REBELLION UPDATE: No newspapers are getting in or out of Syria, the media is controlled very tight, and the Syrian scene witnessed a dramatic, security deterioration the last 24 hours. Precise Intelligence reports coming from Syria indicated massive army troops deployment around the capital Damascus. Most of the military Barracks of the Syrian Army around Damascus gave allegiance to the dissidents: Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan and General Ali Safi. These people in the Syrian Army were against the withdrawal from Lebanon.Interesting..... UPDATE: Very late....getting slammed (for this time of night) with Google hits for word combinations of "military coup Syria" "Syrian coup" "Damascus coup" etc...... ....something is afoot. UPDATE II: No confirmation. Perhaps this is just a case of rumors flying and we're simply reinforcing those rumors by publishing them?
It is known that President Bashar Assad is in the city of Alleppo, assessing the internal situation within Syria and trying to organize a "forced" return to Damascus.
We will provide you with additional details as soon as we have them.
[NOTE: The Syrian military General backing Ghazi Kanaan’s movement is General Ali Safi and not Madi as originally reported by error.
The Lebanese Foundation for Peace apologizes for this error of publishing.]
The Intelligence Hour for Syria and Lebanon
Special Flash: Damascus, Syria A Coup d' Etat took place in Damascus late last night. Intelligence reports coming from within the Syrian Military Command indicate the following:
A rebellion split The Syrian Army in two factions .
Since yesterday , Damascus is under the de facto control of the Syrian Army, under the command of Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan, and supported by Syrian Intelligence General Rustom Ghazaleh, Syrian military General Ali Safi, and Firas Tlass son of former Minister of Defence, Mustafa Tlass. The group rebelled against the decision of President Bashar el Assad to withdraw from Lebanon and seized the Damascus military yesterday.
Around 3 am, Damascus time, the Syrian Air Force bombarded two military airfields around Damascus, the Air force base of Dumair, and the Air force base of Katana. Also, late night around 3 am, the Syrian Air force bombarded military positions of the Syrian Army west of the city of Homs.
President Bachar el Assad retreated secretly to the city of Aleppo where he is temporarily holding ground. He is massing special forces troops loyal to him and preparing himself to take back Damascus by force . The Syrian President left in Damascus his brother in Law, Syrian Military Intelligence Chief General Assef Shawkat to negotiate a settlement with the dissidents. The situation within the Syrian military was very tense for a week and exploded yesterday. The dissident group took control of Damascus as they were very upset at the Lebanon withdrawal for they left behind a billion dollar industry.
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Posted by: Salamander at March 17, 2005 06:44 AM
....something is afoot.
Not to do any bubble bursting Rusty but I think everyone is going to google to look for confirmation. They see you and click the link... for now it is just a echo chamber. The only thing afoot is this rumor.
How do I know? How do you think I got here?
Posted by: Paul at March 17, 2005 08:05 AM
I hope this helps. I'm trying to get this out as quick as possible to stop the rumor from spreading.
Posted by: Robert Mayer at March 17, 2005 08:30 AM
Posted by: greyrooster at March 17, 2005 08:53 AM
Old news boyo
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Posted by: Venom at March 17, 2005 12:31 PM
Hillary/Edwards? Dumb assed Democrats never learn.
Mclaine/Giuliani. A winner.
Mclaine/Rice. A winner. You know, gets them women and minority votes.
Kerry yes. All you moombats put your money on him. I'll put mine on a winner. I'll win again and listen to your whinning. Ha, Ha.
Some people can write volumns and still can't pick a winner. Losers stay losers. Winners continue to win.
Posted by: greyrooster at March 17, 2005 02:12 PM
When they leave I will know who's catching the most fish. Who's boat motor broke down. Who shot the biggest deer last week and who's doing who. Important stuff that affects our community.
We don't talk about the Iraq thing. Snooter doesn't know where Iraq is. Refreshing. Two new calves yesterday. We can talk about that. Later.
Posted by: greyrooster at March 17, 2005 02:24 PM
Ignorance is definitely bliss in this case, eh?
Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 17, 2005 03:06 PM
Syrian military split on pullback; Opposition reports Assad has fled
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Thursday, March 17, 2005
The regime of President Bashar Assad has come under severe strain over the decision to pull back forces from Lebanon and, according to an unconfirmed report, Assad has fled Damascus to regroup in Aleppo.
Lebanese opposition sources said the Assad regime has been divided over the decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Lebanon. The sources said some elements of the military have refused to follow orders for the pullout of troops as well as intelligence agents from both central Lebanon and the eastern Bekaa Valley.
Syria's military increased deployment around Damascus due to tension within the regime. The opposition Lebanese Foundation for Peace said the Syrian military has undergone a split, with a rebel faction having taken control over parts of the capital, Middle East Newsline reported.
The rebel faction was said to be led by Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan and Firas Tlas, the son of former Defense Minister Mustapha Tlas. The sources said this group, which included Syrian intelligence chief in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Rustom Ghazaleh and Maj. Gen. Ali Madi, has rebelled against Assad's decision to withdraw from Lebanon.
"Around 3 a.m. [Wednesday], Damascus time, the Syrian Air Force bombarded two military airfields around Damascus, the air force base of Dumair, and the air force base of Katana," the opposition Lebanese Foundation for Peace said. "Also, late night around 3 a.m., the Syrian Air Force bombarded military positions of the Syrian Army west of the city of Homs."
There was no confirmation of this report. There were no unusual military movements reported in Damascus on Thursday.
The foundation said Assad has fled to Aleppo and amassed a force of loyalists in an attempt to regain control of Damascus. Assad was said to have left Damascus with Syrian military intelligence chief Gen. Assaf Chawkat, the president's brother-in-law.
"The dissident group took control of Damascus as they were very upset at the Lebanon withdrawal, for they left behind a billion dollar industry," the foundation said.
Over the last day, Syrian intelligence officers left their Beirut headquarters and Lebanese forces moved in. On Thursday, Lebanese sources said Damascus completed the first stage of its withdrawal from Lebanon and redeployed 8,000 troops and military intelligence personnel to the Bekaa Valley and Syria. The sources said Syria has removed its military presence from central and northern Lebanon.
"There's a lot of movement going on in Lebanon," U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said on Wednesday. "I would say there's a certain lack of clarity, which we continue to look for from the government of Syria. The lack of clarity is where are they going and when will they leave and will it be all of them."
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Posted by: greyrooster at March 17, 2005 06:29 PM
Oh yeah, and I didn't vote for Kerry.
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