US: Syrian army stable despite defections

2012-06-26 22:09

Washington - US officials say Syria's military remains loyal despite recent high-profile defections, while the opposition remains fragmented and unable to attack as a unified force, indicating a long, protracted conflict to come.

The Syrian regime is maintaining troop loyalty by keeping paychecks coming even as food and fuel run out for the rest of the country, according to US intelligence officials who briefed reporters on the Syrian conflict on Tuesday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide the sensitive information.

The regime has also used militias to attack Sunni neighbourhoods instead of involving the mostly Sunni army, they said.

Officials say the opposition has learned effective guerrilla-like tactics, but is still too disorganised to hold territory, which will likely produce a continuing "seesaw" battle between the two sides.

  • rude.awakning - 2012-06-26 23:40

    and you came to this conclusion after the syrians downed a nato spy plane flying under the turkish flag?! The US is running a ''pawn shop'' for Syrian heavy metal and valuble gems ''highest prices paid for any tanks, jets, helicpters, friggets, naval boats, submarines with double pay out if accompanied with a senior officer!'' contact your nearest Nato outlet!!

      peter.english.756 - 2012-06-27 01:20

      I assume you have actuall proof that "a nato spy plane flying under the turkish flag". perhaps you should show this evidence to Syrian government since not even they are saying this.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-27 01:29

      It is totally amazing how some continue to distract, with some childish crap, from whats really happening in Syria. A nation under siege by assad terrorists. Where women and children live 24/7 under fear, of being slaugthered by these assad dogs. But what keeps the Syrians going, is that they know, that every day, is one day closer to get rid of this assad family. How is your Arizona project going, you still abusing the US hospitality ??

      rude.awakning - 2012-06-27 06:25

      @anthony. Abuse hospitality naah! I'm doing the same thing you doing , only I am NOT '' throwing stones at the American embassy'' as you said you did! I am civilized and resolve issues by peaceful bloodless negotiations!!!! Big damn difference!!! Btw i will be spending 3weeks in California if you want meet, before going to Disneyland.

      rude.awakning - 2012-06-27 06:32

      @ johnny english . No one says nothing in this game until you are caught out or info leaks, goodness forbids when an ex president come out with it in the media!!! Then you have your spin doctors like Aholefromafrica and his team trying to give it a differnt angle!!!! So sit tight till the time is right!!!

      wallace.outkast - 2012-06-27 08:41

      rude is absolutly right,how many died in rwanda more than 2000000, how many died in DRC till today from 1996 to 2012..and nobody cares,sierra leone,.....u after oil that"s all we know ,ho ever say"s no to you is a criminal...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-27 09:45

      Rude, My dear, the Vietnam demonstrations were against American foreign policy. If you want, I can show you a few of your comments, where you attack Americans. You probably won't see a difference, but there really is !!! And when you go to Disneyland, you might see your hero there; Goofey, aka assad !!

      rude.awakning - 2012-06-28 00:24

      anthony! I see the difference! You attack the person and i attack the issue! So you are right this time! There's the difference! Thanks i will look for ''assad' when in Disneyland because being on the endangered species list will make him a rare sight! I am hoping to see you and the rest of the circus clowns there too.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-28 04:54

      At least Anthony understands what's going on. You don't.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-01 06:23

      @ fred! did you forget what the topic was? Or did you just forget to take yourmedication?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 06:49

      ? Judging from your open in comment above, I think it's you who has forgotten his medication. What are you thinking man.

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