Syrian army wears down as rebels gain territory and confidence

Dec 5, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Independent

After nearly two years of fighting, Syria's vaunted war machine is showing serious cracks as emboldened rebels snap up more bases and airfields and force army units to retrench behind defensive lines in major cities, Western officials and military analysts say.

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Rtloder

Sydney, Australia

#1 Dec 5, 2012
Yes the terrorists are doing remarkably well but experts warn, they might not prevail for
several months or even years to come. And that's provided the Government of Syria don't take one of their many options available. This latest offensive has been met with a quite, previously not witnessed, consider this.

Its not likely Syria will be surrendered without a ding dong battle, Lebanon would have to be depopulated and Iraq would be partitioned, Turkey would be the regional super power. Before or after makes no difference, its impossible to think this is a major turn of events.
ifbxuscoc

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Dec 5, 2012
Officers who have become defeatists need to be sacked. Soldiers who wont fight should be arrested and put in prisoner battalions. Sergeants are the key. They must remain strong. Remove some army to have an army in exile ready and started. Defeat is not the end but the beglnning in a process to kick the interventionists out. 12,000 troops should be removed and undergo a toughening up. It will take 5 months to take greens and beat up units to get their edge. If the reports are half true, unfortunately auxiliaries must be used as a signal and for practical reasons of husbanding units which are combat effective. The sky is not falling. The war will continue. Why the syrian army has not developed fire brigades to put out key threats, used less conventional units and tactics makes me wonder how well its reserve and replacement system is. Give credit to the rebels. They have followed a sound strategic logic. What foreign service came up with the plan? This is a real attempt to shut assad down. Might happen. Maynot
truth always Beats lIes23

Covington, VA

#3 Dec 5, 2012
This is another article of lies by the merican government and israel which are the main backers of the terrorist in Syria.
judith kay

La Salle, IL

#4 Dec 6, 2012
Do not make any no fly zone
Ngenoh

United States

#5 Dec 6, 2012
Assad is finished yes but lets watch the next goverment!.
They say they are reformist but once they find power they turned to be worst dictators like in the case of Mursi and the rest.
Rtloder

Sydney, Australia

#6 Dec 6, 2012
judith kay wrote:
Do not make any no fly zone

That is the target you are correct, the missiles to Turkey, the constant propaganda about chemical weapons recognition of the al-Khatid leadership, the ground offensive against the airport, the only thing normal is the terrorists bombings. Even the gentleman above
ifbxuscoc, spreading defeatism to promote
loyalty.

All these factors point in the one direction.
That being to undermine opposition for a No Fly Zone. I don't think the tripartite of evil North America, Britain and France can arm the terrorists with shoulder launch missiles without one. Notice the Saudi and Qatar regimes who could, without the concern adout high altitude bombing being a worry, have not done so, that can only prove their obedience to Washington is military compliance.
jai

London, UK

#7 Dec 6, 2012
assad game over and now on target iran.
jai

London, UK

#9 Dec 6, 2012
syria has become a part of history. Now from now there used to exist a country called syria.
Rtloder

Blacktown, Australia

#10 Dec 6, 2012
jai wrote:
syria has become a part of history. Now from now there used to exist a country called syria.
You and Shock Puppet need to explain yourselves better, were not mind readers you know.
ifbxuscoc

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Dec 6, 2012
I am not a defeatist. I really have no idea of conditions on the ground. For all i know assad may be secure. There is a wave to remove him now. What we get for news may not be news and is certainly manipulated thru a certain prism. Here is my guess. If conditions do deteriorate i suspect the iranians will commit diuisions to syria. And then a general war will break out. If i were iran this makes sense. Why defend inside your borders.
Rtloder

Wentworthville, Australia

#12 Dec 6, 2012
ifbxuscoc wrote:
I am not a defeatist. I really have no idea of conditions on the ground. For all i know assad may be secure. There is a wave to remove him now. What we get for news may not be news and is certainly manipulated thru a certain prism. Here is my guess. If conditions do deteriorate i suspect the iranians will commit diuisions to syria. And then a general war will break out. If i were iran this makes sense. Why defend inside your borders.
Your right my mistake, I'm positive it's just
a coordinated campaign to fool the world into believing this new berk having a go at leadership, has got something to offer, the previous did not. What you say about Iran
I heard a story, someone while in pleasant conversation with Abdullah the King of Jordan said, "Your Majesty are you worried the Hamas and the Brotherhood will take your crown and put it on the idiots head.?"
The King just laughed when he said,
"The brotherhood are the clients of my patrons and Hamas is the client of a client we'll use them up in Syria then sweep them under the mat." After all Mursi is not stupid, or so he says.
Terang

Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia

#13 Dec 6, 2012
For those soldiers fighting to defend Assad, now is the right time for them to defect before it is too late. And for those supporters of the Syrian regime now is the best time to make a 180 degrees turn before they lose face.
ifbxuscoc

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Dec 6, 2012
Abdullah s having his own problems but call me cynical and jaundiced all flight paths lead to iran. This is why when the odds are close enough you have to confront your enemy. Unlike sadat both assads were not able to sucessfully confront, attack, and hold on to enough ground in the golon. Settlements! They ve annexed and sat for 50 yrs. What does the civil war bring ? Why do family feuds have more importance than the golon, national dignity, and self respect. The path to true self respect and dialogue lay in victory on the golon. What wickedness.
truth always Beats lIes23

Covington, VA

#16 Dec 6, 2012
Ngenoh wrote:
Assad is finished yes but lets watch the next goverment!.
They say they are reformist but once they find power they turned to be worst dictators like in the case of Mursi and the rest.
Assad is far from finished.
truth always Beats lIes23

Covington, VA

#17 Dec 6, 2012
jai wrote:
assad game over and now on target iran.
Continue to dream jew.
truth always Beats lIes23

Covington, VA

#18 Dec 6, 2012
Sock Puppet Theater wrote:
Syria
I believe that picture you are using was taken in washington dc where a group of jew puppet american politicians posed for a picture.
truth always Beats lIes23

Covington, VA

#19 Dec 6, 2012
jai wrote:
syria has become a part of history. Now from now there used to exist a country called syria.
I hope we can all say that about the colony of israel soon.
truth always Beats lIes23

Covington, VA

#20 Dec 6, 2012
Terang wrote:
For those soldiers fighting to defend Assad, now is the right time for them to defect before it is too late. And for those supporters of the Syrian regime now is the best time to make a 180 degrees turn before they lose face.
Try your terrorist supporting jew propaganda else where and hide behind another name.
Rtloder

Bankstown, Australia

#21 Dec 7, 2012
ifbxuscoc wrote:
Abdullah s having his own problems but call me cynical and jaundiced all flight paths lead to iran. This is why when the odds are close enough you have to confront your enemy. Unlike sadat both assads were not able to sucessfully confront, attack, and hold on to enough ground in the golon. Settlements! They ve annexed and sat for 50 yrs. What does the civil war bring ? Why do family feuds have more importance than the golon, national dignity, and self respect. The path to true self respect and dialogue lay in victory on the golon. What wickedness.
The best thing to be, would be a bipartisan
approach to negotiations with a fully representative team opposed to Israel, speaking through the formal arrangement of the UN. At the moment every nation that is attacked, threatened or offended by Israel could take part, bypassing the US.and speaking to 138 Nations who chose to be on side with the emergence of Palestine.
If Iran comes into the war, then division might be permanent.
humanity 101

United States

#22 Dec 8, 2012
jai wrote:
assad game over and now on target iran.
WE'VE HEARED THAT SO MANY TIMES FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS. ASK UR SELF WHY IS THE SYRIAN GOVERMENT STILL STANDING? FOR MAINLY TWO REASONS FIRST BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE SUPPORT THEM AND THAT'S WHY U SEE A LOT OF FOREIGNER FIGHTERS AND JIHADISTS FIGHTING ASSAD, THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH SYRIANS WHO WANTS TO KILL OTHER SYRIANS. SECOND THE SYRIAN ARMY IS STRONG , COHESIVE AND BATTLES PROVEN. AND COULD SUSTAIN A LONG WAR WITH ISRAEL, AND THE SO CALLED REBELLS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEAT. AN EXAMPLE IS THE INABILITY OF PLO OR HAMMAS WITH ALL THEIR WEAPONS AND TACTICS TO DEFEATTHE ISRAELI ARMY ALTHOUGH THEY MAY HAVE INFLICTED SOME LOSSES ON IT. AND ALSO NO WEAK GOVERNMENT OR ARMY COULD SUSTAIN ALL THESE ARMED GRUOPS COMING FROM EVERY WHERE WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS POURED ON THEM SO FAR.

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