Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Breaking: Assad Scores major Victory In Syria
Syrian dictator Basher Assad's forces have scored a major victory in Syria against the rebel forces.
Today, the rebels were forced to evacuate as the city of Homs, once thought of as 'the rebel capitol' of Syria reverted back to the control of Assad's troops.
The insurgents had been besieged for months, and after al-Nusra failed to break the siege with a series of suicide bombings they were forced surrender to Assad's forces. The insurgents released a number of hostages being held by rebels in Aleppo and Latakia provinces, including 70 Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, 20 Iranian officers captured by the Islamic Front in Aleppo and an Iranian female agent who was captured at the end of March,and also ended the sieges of the pro-Assad Shiite enclaves of Nubul and Zahraa.
In exchange, they were allowed safe conduct to the rebel-held town of Al-Dara Al-Kabira and given transport on buses provided by the regime. Almost all of their arms had to be left behind, with each rebel allowed one rifle each and one RPG allowed per busload.
Once the rebels are out of Homs, Assad's forces will move in to clear the city of mines, booby traps, barricades and any other surprises the retreating jihadis may have left behind..and of course, to settle any old scores outstanding in classic Arab fashion.
Assad's forces have been racking up significant victories in this war as of late, and Homs falling into their hands is a significant victory. The fighting's by no means over yet, but that's how it's trending, with the insurgents being forced to ever decreasing territories along the northern, southern and western borders.
Something like 150,000 people have been killed in the civil war, atrocities have been widespread on both sides and millions of refugees have been displaced. Syria may take generations to recover. If Assad is thinking straight and wants to end this, he had better be planning to throw some carrots to the survivors. He's already shown them he knows all too well how to use the stick.